Mayor Bill de Blasio spent the morning of Super Bowl Sunday focused on issues other than the game, but the day's big football match was never far from his mind. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Not all mayoral duties require a pair of thick protective gloves, but picking up Staten Island Chuck is one of them, and the city's most famous groundhog seemed intent on spending as little time as possible in them.
"Staten Island Chuck was very rowdy this morning, I'd like to say," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor suggested that the groundhog was just mimicking the Seattle Seahawks' media-shy running back.
"I think that was Staten Island Chuck doing his Marshawn Lynch impression," de Blasio said.
The mayor worked the room at a Staten Island diner before digging into a breakfast of whole wheat french toast and crispy bacon. His dining companions were Staten Island elected officials and community leaders. The mayor said he wanted to hear from them about the city's snow removal work during the most recent storm.
"I've gotten complaints that they actually, in many instances, did not do the smaller streets, and there seems to be no way of accountability," said City Councilwoman Debi Rose of Staten Island.
The Seattle Seahawks have his support, and he joked about hiring the team's cornerback Richard Sherman, whose recent post-game interview created a lot of controversy.
"I have told my press folks that sorry, I have to laying one of them off and making Richard Sherman my communications director," he said. "I want someone bolder."
From there, the mayor was off to the Christian Cultural Center to talk about his plans to settle the city's stop-and-frisk lawsuit and reform the police department.
"That policy, unfortunately, sent the wrong message," de Blasio said. "It said there was something wrong with our wrong people. It said that they were suspects, even when they had done nothing wrong."
New Yorkers may be seeing de Blasio out and about on the weekends more often than they did his predecessor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg often liked to escape the city, heading to a vacation home in Bermuda. De Blasio, though, does not seem as interested in leaving the five boroughs. At least not yet.