Mayor Bill de Blasio was honored with an award Sunday by the leaders of the COJO of Flatbush. The only problem was that the mayor didn’t intend show up to receive the award.
Last week, the organizers of COJO of Flatbush’s legislative breakfast insisted that the mayor had confirmed his attendance at the 35th Annual Community Legislative Breakfast in Brooklyn.
This year’s honorees included: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; NYC Police Commissioner William J. Bratton; NYS Senator Simcha Felder; NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; NYC Public Advocate Letitia James; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Frank Seddio, Esq., Kings County Democratic Chairman and other dignitaries from the city, state and federal government, and prominent communal leaders.
“This memorable occasion will provide a vehicle for the Jewish community to pay tribute to its legislators, prominent officials, community agency leaders and benefactors,” a statement read.
But besides Stringer, James and Adams, none of the citywide officials turned up at the event. Commissioner Bratton sent his community affairs director to receive the award on his behalf and Speaker Mark-Viverito excused her absence due to a funeral.
Whether there was a lack of communication or a wishful thinking, the organizers insisted the mayor had confirmed his attendance and even announced numerous times into the mic that he’s one the way. However, it turns out, the mayor was never scheduled to attend the event, according to a spokesperson.
Avi Fink, a senior adviser and deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, attended the event and took the award presented by the leaders of COJO of Flatbush on behalf of the mayor.
“The mayor is sick and tired of how each and every organization plays as if they are the most important organization on the horizon,” a source close to the mayor told me.
Besides honoring public officials, COJO presented awards to: Mr. Ari Baum, Senior. VP at Morgan Stanley, as one of its honorees; Steve Cohn, a Member of the NYC Bar Matrimonial Committee and Delegate to the NYS Bar Association; Mr. Gil Cygler, President and CEO of AllCar Rent A Car.
NYPD clergy liaison, David Heskiel, was the Breakfast Co-Chair with Leon Goldenberg. Heskiel was was honored for his “relentless drive to help our disadvantaged Jewish brethren living in New York.”
Council members David Greenfield, Chaim Deutsch, Alan Meisel and Matthew Eugene, as well as Assembly members Dov Hikind, Steve Cymbrowitz and Rohda Jacobs were among the many dignitaries that attended the event. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino also attended the event but was hardly noticed. Astorino was told he was going to be able to address the crowd but he left after organizers supposedly forgot to call him up.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)