Queens resident Vickie Paladino confronts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday at an event to highlight the city's Tree and Parks program. (Image credit: YouTube screenshot)
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now receiving public scrutiny from average New Yorkers in the streets over his presence at the G20 summit in Germany earlier this month instead of focusing on a slain NYPD officer.
De Blasio made appearances with NYC Parks Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski on Thursday to highlight the city's Tree and Parks program, which replaces severely damaged sidewalks caused by city-owned trees. The duo wanted to promote the additional $15.75 million the city dedicated to the program.
During de Blasio's event, 63-year-old Queens resident Vickie Paladino berated him, specifically on his surprise appearance at a G20 protest in Hamburg earlier this month, just one day after NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was killed in the line of duty.
Familia was in a mobile command unit when an ex-convict came up to the RV and shot her at point-blank range. The shooter, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, was found a couple blocks from the scene of the crime. Officers fatally shot Bonds when he brandished a firearm.
“Mr. Mayor, you didn’t have to travel to Germany for a protest,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins. “All you had to do is speak in front of the men and women of the NYPD.”
During Familia's funeral, NYPD officers turned their back on de Blasio to show their contempt for him.
De Blasio previously defended his attendance in Germany, saying people around the world deserve to know not all Americans support President Donald Trump.
According to G20 protest organizers, the 20 most powerful countries in the world will create "exploitation, social precarity, wars, ecological devastation and social division," all of which they disagree with.
Paladino antagonized de Blasio, calling him out for his lack of regard for the slain officer.
“I want to know why you let your police officers down and our country down by going to Germany and protesting against our country. I don’t care about the trees. We’ll work it out," Paladino yelled as de Blasio walked away. "Find $18 million to put in your cops’ pockets. And pay your police officers. And stop spending our money to go protest against our country.”
De Blasio failed to acknowledge Paladino or her questions before he returned to his vehicle.
According to Paladino, she didn't plan on attending the gathering. She happened to be driving by when she saw de Blasio and made her husband pull the car over.
“Because I’ve had it with de Blasio, I’ve had it with the way he’s running this city," she told reporters. "Everybody’s had it with de Blasio.”
Paladino had a strong message for the mayor: “De Blasio: Be a mayor! Don’t talk to me about trees, talk to me about protection of our city, of our citizens, and what you’re gonna do for your police officers. Because you left them high and dry on more than one occasion," she said as onlookers cheered her on. "Can’t wait for Election Day. Buddy, you are out!”
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