[Ed. – His dog ate his reminder.]
Mayor de Blasio’s staff threw themselves under the bus Friday to protect their boss from the fallout over his blowing off a memorial event for those who died from toxic exposure to Ground Zero after 9/11.
A spokesman for de Blasio claimed the mayor was missing from the ceremony for the unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial Glade because nobody told him about it.
“The Mayor’s team believed they could not make the event work with his schedule and declined without conferring with him,” de Blasio spokesman Freddi Goldstein said in a statement.
“Had [he] known about the invitation, he would have attended.”
De Blasio, who is running a quixotic campaign for president, was able to make it to his usual coffee shop in Brooklyn.
Also, his security detail was spotted at his favorite gym, the Park Slope Y, until about 10 a.m. — just before the ceremony.
A spokeswoman said he was attending an “internal meeting” at Gracie Mansion afterward.