Mayor Bill de Blasio ditched City Hall for Brooklyn in the middle of a workday again on Tuesday — but this time it was to vote.
Hizzoner arrived around 1:20 p.m. and waited in line like every other New Yorker outside the Park Slope Armory to cast his ballot in the 2020 election, but had to endure some heckling from passersby.
“Get to work!” yelled one passing cyclist.
“You’re the worst mayor ever!” intoned another critic walking by.
But de Blasio — wearing a suit and a blue medical mask — gamely gabbed with other constituents waiting in line, and told reporters that he was happy to wait his turn.
“Everyone else is waiting,” said the mayor, who had been in line for more than 40 minutes and was still waiting to vote at 2 pm. “They’re doing it because they care and they want to make their voices heard.
“I admire everyone on this line and I’m going to join them.”
The mayor turned out for early voting one day after he and Gov. Andrew Cuomo trashed the city’s Board of Elections for its handling of the process, as the weekend saw polling sites swamped with hours-long lines amid historic turnout.
Mayoral press secretary Bill Neidhardt on Tuesday echoed that call.
“Democracy is about equality. @NYCMayor is waiting in line like the rest of us,” tweeted Neidhardt as his boss stood in line. “The BOE needs to get their act together. More machines. More staff. Shorter lines. #VoteEarly”
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