Take my job … please!
Mayor Bill de Blasio channeled his inner Henny Youngman on Wednesday with a twist on the comedian’s famed one-liner, “Take my wife … please!”
“I wouldn’t urge anyone to want to be mayor of New York City. It’s a very, very challenging moment,” de Blasio said during a remote press briefing from City Hall.
A WCBS reporter had asked Hizzoner if he thought Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has taken control of the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic after citing de Blasio’s failure to enforce public health rules, wanted his job.
“Do you think the governor is usurping your authority as mayor? Do you think he secretly wants to be mayor of New York City?” the reporter asked.
That’s when de Blasio warned would-be mayors against running for his position.
De Blasio did say he had “absolute faith in the people of New York City” to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases in some parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
“We overcame something much tougher in the spring and we’re going to overcome this as well,” he said.
He also declined to punch back at Cuomo, who overrode the mayor’s planned crackdown on coronavirus hot spots with his own plan Tuesday.
“The governor under the law has the right to make these decisions,” de Blasio said.
“I think it’s important that the state acted and I’m glad that the state acted,” he said.
“We’re going to go out there and work with the state to implement it,” he added.
At least one mayoral candidate, former de Blasio Veterans Services Commissioner Loree Sutton, said she was up to the challenge.
“Challenging is what I do and leading is who I am,” the retired brigadier general told The Post.
“Nothing that’s worth doing in this world is easy. It would be my great privilege — as a proven leader, physician, psychiatrist, combat veteran and commissioner — to lead forward and lift up our city.
“These past several months of epic hardship and heartbreak have only strengthened my resolve to serve the city I love,” she said.
Other candidates — including front-runners city Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
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