Back in January, thousands of New Yorkers waited for hours outside Gracie Mansion to shake hands with the mayor and have their picture taken, but some of them are now grumbling that the photographs still have not arrived more than six weeks since the event. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
It was a historic moment at Gracie Mansion. Just days after his inauguration, Mayor Bill de Blasio held court inside, taking pictures with thousands of New Yorkers who braved the cold and long waits for a chance to meet him.
"The idea today was that Gracie Mansion is the people's house, that everyday New Yorkers should be able to come here and enjoy it," de Blasio said.
The goodwill from that event is starting to wear thin, though, at least among those who are tired of waiting and waiting and waiting for their picture with the mayor to arrive.
"It was a long wait to get to meet the mayor, and now, it's been quite a long wait to receive our picture," said Marvi Shumaker-Pruitt, who attended the Gracie Mansion open house. "I check my spam box every day to see if it's in there. I have yet to see it, so I'm eagerly awaiting."
Shumaker-Pruitt and her co-worker, Larissa Wohl, spent about three hours waiting to meet the mayor.
"I don't know what the reason is, if something got mismatched, if they just have been processing them very slowly," Wohl said.
Some New Yorkers at the front of the line did get their photo with de Blasio via email, but only a few days ago. One New Yorker, who declined to speak on camera, told NY1 that his young daughter, who attended the open house with him, keeps asking when the photo will arrive.
A spokeswoman for the mayor said that the photographs are on track to be sent out by the end of next week, nearly two months after the event.
In a statement, she said, "Thousands of New Yorkers joined Mayor de Blasio for fun and festive inaugural events and they will all get their pictures."
The slow turnaround does little to combat critics' image of the de Blasio administration as one that has trouble doing things in a timely manner. The mayor routinely arrives late to events, and he has been taking his time when it comes to hiring administration officials. It seems that New Yorkers who get their picture taken with him should also be prepared to wait.