P’Slope stakeout: Pol fails to ambush mayor with MetroCard at gym, gets him on subway anyway

Sal-vaged: Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese tried to give Mayor DeBlasio a MetroCard so Hizzoner could ride the subway, but the mayor woke up early to avoid his challenger.
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He’s the subway’s Sal-vation!

A former city councilman and current democratic mayoral candidate staked out Mayor DeBlasio at his Park Slope gym on Wednesday to demand Hizzoner ride the subway as part of his quixotic quest to save the failing underground transit system. And while the chronically late mayor hit the Prospect Park YMCA early to avoid the ready-to-pounce pol, he rode the subway for the first time in more than a month that evening — both positive results of the stakeout, said the candidate.

“There were two milestones,” Sal Albanese said. “First, we got him to get up early. And then Wednesday night, we got him into the subway system!”

Albanese, who this year announced his third mayoral campaign, showed up at the YMCA on Ninth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues at 10:30 am with a Metrocard for DeBlasio, who tends to travel the 11 miles from Manhattan’s Gracie Mansion in a chauffeured SUV and, prior to his Wednesday trip on the C train, last rode a subway on April 19.

The former Bay Ridge councilman has accused DeBlasio of wiping his hands of the city’s aging underground transit system, which Albanese said is in crisis mode in an appearance on Brooklyn Paper Radio earlier this week.

“He’s never uttered a word about mass transit in three and a half years, with the exception of ‘it’s not my job,’ ” he said. “Which is the most bizarre thing I ever heard.”

And though the mayor may not have said those exact words, he did blame Gov. Cuomo last month for the subway’s dire state.

DeBlasio’s democratic competitor said he is certain that the mayor’s Wednesday ride on the rails was a direct result of his stakeout.

“Absolutely, unequivocally, 100 percent he did it because of me,” Albanese said.

The candidate, who now lives in bucolic Staten Island and rides the subway daily, said that any sitting mayor should do so regularly, noting how former mayor Michael Bloomberg — who owns his own helicopter — made it a point to travel underground with the masses.

“Bloomberg use to take it a couple times a week and he’s a billionaire,” he said.

Albanese — who lost to DeBlasio in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary, placing eighth out of nine candidates — said that, if elected, he will contribute $1 billion to the city’s subway system each year, using money he will save by fixing broken city programs, including Hurricane Sandy recovery scheme Build it Back.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
The only thing I loved Bloomberg other than de Blasio is when he was mayor, Bloomberg had always took the 6 to City Hall and back from his penthouse, unlike de Blasio and his gas guzzling Chevy SUVs to his Park Slope YMCA and back.
June 16, 2017, 12:34 pm
stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
Dear Sal Baloney:
Maybe you want the Mayor to walk everywhere,
on the City's time?
At least DeBlasio is a full time Mayor -- unlike Bloombucks, who spent half his time jetting to the Bahamas after grandstanding on the #6 train.
The MTA is the State's baby and it's being treated like an orphan in terms of proper funding.
June 16, 2017, 3:29 pm
Melissa from Park Slope says:
That fat mayor works out? Ha! Must just be a publicity stunt.
If you want Bill Díck Blasio to do anything, you have to bribe him. That a-hole only thinks about himself, and getting more coins into his own piggy bank. Bloomberg already had too much money to spend, he didn't have to worry about that. This guy, on the other hand, is thieving his way to the big time.
June 16, 2017, 5:24 pm
Bill from B. Hill says:
Richard Bashner of Community Board 6 fame, and an attorney, also running against this failed Mayor. Hope one of these other guys wins in September as it will be the only hope for our city...deBlasio is the other side of Trump. Both really bad for NY.
June 17, 2017, 7:02 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Pedro, Bloomberg also had a security detail in multiple gas guzzling, polluting, SUV's directly upstairs during the entire dog and pony subway rides. He might as well have just ridden in them.
June 17, 2017, 8:02 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
I guess that these politicians' role in NYC is to look good in the mainstream media that I don't have faith with, as well as getting votes Henry, like the selected few of high school students that are running for class president to be popular.
June 18, 2017, 12:15 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I hate to break this to some of you, but I feel that this is more of a non-issue. Also, I don't feel that something like this is going to make Bill de Blasio get voted out. Why does anyone care what gym he uses or how he gets there? Most major politicians don't use public transportation to begin with, and that's most likely for security reasons. Then again, even if he does do it, there will be those saying why he isn't doing it more. In other words, there will always be those who never like de Blasio for whatever he does. For example, if he doesn't agree to do something, he will be seen as being apathetic, otherwise should he do something he will just be seen as not doing enough hence being a lose-lose situation for him either way. There are even those who will criticize him just for picking his nose in public just like how he was once heavily criticized just for eating a slice of pizza with a fork and knife as if there are so many others who eat like that. The truth is that there are those who will never like de Blasio no matter. However, I feel that issues such as keeping rent affordable will be more important than how goes to the gym. Let's not forget that he is leading pretty well in the pols despite this, so it doesn't look like he is going away anytime soon. As for Bloomberg, he was also known for taking an SUV, but whenever he used the subway or commuter trains, he literally had his bodyguards close off the train car he was on to others forcing them to overcrowd all the others while it was empty where he was, which shows how it was done for PR purposes only.
June 18, 2017, 4:16 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
Tal, by the end of the election season, especially the most recent ones, it's the low turnout that keep those incumbents elected as long as they please.
June 19, 2017, 11:09 am
Bill De Blasio says:
Fug you, fug all of you!
June 21, 2017, 4:04 am

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