De Blasio dismisses homeless activist who interrupts his workout

Henrietta Strickland
October 8, 2018

Demonstrators confronted Mayor de Blasio after his workout at the Park Slope YMCA today, demanding he provide more affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is catching heat over an interaction with a homeless activist in which he told the woman he couldn't talk to her because he was working out.

Nathylin Flower Adesegun, a 72-year-old activist with VOCAL-NY, can be seen in a video approaching the mayor at a YMCA in the Park Slope area. According to Bklyner, the group is involved with the Coalition for the Homeless' House Our Future campaign, which is asking de Blasio to commit to increasing the 15,000 housing units to be created for homeless people to 30,000.

Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit in Midtown Manhattan on Monday, September 24, 2018.

The activists say the city's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program excluded more than 62,000 New Yorkers who could not meet income requirements to obtain the affordable housing the program promised. "Five percent is not adequate!" The mayor gets to go to the gym every day.

"People working out at the gym shouldn't be anxious they will be recorded in highly publicized, videotaped political confrontations every morning", mayoral spokesperson Eric Phillips told The New York Times.

The Mayor's office did not comment after the confrontation. Homeless advocacy groups also plan to march on Gracie Mansion, the mayor's residence, later this month. "Will you dedicate 10 percent?' And he's flat out said no", said Giselle Routhier, policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless told ABC News. "What we're really trying to highlight here is this goes against this progressive values".

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