Posted: October 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor de Blasio shut down a Little League baseball game in a Harlem park for more than an hour in August so police could ready a field for his helicopter, The Post has learned.
The chopper landing was then abruptly canceled after an angry dad started griping to cops about the intrusion, threatening to post pictures of the mayoral interruption on social media, a source said.
The extended seventh-inning stretch got underway at Harlem River Park during an Aug. 9 Little League game when the NYPD cleared the diamond of two under-14 teams, one dad told The Post.
The cops “basically told everybody to get off the field,” the dad said.
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A former cop familiar with the situation told The Post police “were not happy” about having to arrange for de Blasio’s park landing.
The mayor’s office refused to comment on the aborted chopper ride, instead referring questions to the NYPD.
“The security and transportation of the mayor are determined by the NYPD,” said Deputy Commissioner John Miller. “We do not discuss the specifics of security.”
That was the same canned statement the department issued less than two weeks ago after The Post reported de Blasio had been picked up by a chopper landed in a Prospect Park ballfield.