Bill de Blasio vows to reopen shuttered Brooklyn pizzeria, but wait till you hear the details

Bill de Blasio vows to reopen shuttered Brooklyn pizzeria, but wait till you hear the details
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New York City Mayor and presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio should stay away from pizza: It doesn’t agree with him. This became evident shortly after he was sworn in for his first term and was presented with a pizza from a fabled Staten Island pizzeria. He made headlines when he proceeded to eat the pie with a knife and fork.

Now that may be no big deal to you and me, but to native New Yorkers — who swear by folding a slice in half lengthwise (keeps the sauce and cheese in) and eating it with the fingers — it was a sacrilege. The new mayor was branding himself as an outsider to lifelong city residentsa posture he would double down on by tweeting after the 2018 World Series:

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For those who don’t follow baseball, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are arch rivals.

But back to de Blasio and pizza. The topic made local news again this week when hizzoner went to bat for a Brooklyn pizza restaurant that had closed, tweeting:

On its face it sounds common enough. A favorite restaurant is forced out of business, and its most ardent fans — which include the mayor — rally around the cause of resurrecting it. So what was the reason Di Fara closed? Did it lose its lease? Was its rent raised to a level so astronomical it could no longer afford to pay?

No. According to Gothamist, the restaurant was seized by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance after it fell in arrears in its tax payments to the tune of $167,506.75. De Blasio is attempting to muster support for a scofflaw!

In his oath of office, which he has taken twice, de Blasio swore to uphold the laws of New York City and State. He is now violating that oath on a whim.

And he wants to be president?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.