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Mayor DeBlasio is late to the Department of Corrections academy graduation

DeBlasio corrected for showing up to jailer graduation an hour late

Proud parents: Nick and Joann Della Valle celebrated their son Jordan’s corrections officer academy graduation at Brooklyn College on Friday, which was delayed an hour to accomodate Mayor DeBlasio.
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If 80 percent of life is just showing up, then Mayor DeBlasio better be good at the other 20.

On Friday, Sloper-in-Chief DeBlasio further cemented his reputation for serial tardiness when he showed up an hour late to the Department of Corrections academy’s graduation ceremony at Brooklyn College — which he was emceeing.

Attendees who set their alarms early just to get seats did not appreciate being kept waiting by hizzoner.

“We got up really early,” said Joann Della Valle, the proud mother of Jordan, who graduated on Friday. “My son said, ‘You can’t be late; there’s no assigned seats,’ so we rushed over. But to wait for so long was embarrassing and a little rude.”

The Della Valle Family left their home in Manorville, Long Island at 7 am and, after a two-hour drive and a quest for a parking spot, managed to find a seat at Brooklyn College’s auditorium at 9:30 am. It was a half hour before the graduation ceremonies were supposed to begin and an hour-and-a-half before DeBlasio showed up.

Unlike many of his fellow Long Islanders, DeBlasio’s Park Slope home is a 15-minute drive from Midwood’s Brooklyn College, yet he did not show up until 11 am, long after the crowd got restless.

“Kids were making noise, people were getting fidgety, and then a speaker came up and said the graduation will begin in 10 minutes,” said Nick Della Valle, the cadet’s father. “Then 10 minutes went by, then 20 minutes, then a half hour.”

The Della Valle family acknowledged that when the mayor finally did show up, he gave a lovely speech. But they were again disappointed when the mayor ran off skipped out on pressing the flesh with the new officers and their families.

“The speech was very nice,” said Nick. “But when he was done, he left. I thought that was rude.”

The couple’s other son recently graduated from the police academy and the parents could not help but draw comparisons between DeBalsio at Brooklyn College and his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, who did not keep the NYPD’s Madison Square Garden Crowd waiting.

“I know nothing about the man, but he has big boots to fill,” said Joann. “My other son graduated two weeks ago from the NYPD, and Bloomberg was on time.”

DeBlasio earned a reputation for taking a flexible approach to punctuality during his campaign for mayor, giving his Republican opponent fodder when an event was delayed on his account, according to a businessinsider.com report. The mayor was late so often that a Twitter account was created for the express purpose of documenting his arrival times.

The Della Valles said that DeBlasio may be mayor, but he might not have been able to hack it in correctional officer academy.

“One of the things the department insisted on was punctuality,” said Joann.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
To each according to his needs, to each according to his ability.

He does not have the ability to show up on time, so he gets to come late comrades!
Jan. 11, 2014, 8:30 am
ty from pps says:
Where's the statement, "The Brooklyn Paper attempted to contact the mayor's office for and explanation [insert reason for not having anything here]."

So, I guess we should just chalk this up as just one of hundreds of articles we will see over the next 4 years in this paper... relentless ginning up of negative crap about the mayor. Good Job Mr. Mixson. You're a great addition to the NY Post Family.
Jan. 11, 2014, 9:51 am
ty from pps says:
To the Editor: Could the Brooklyn Paper actually ever be a community newspaper? Does everything always have to be an excuse to be 'controversial' and divisive and negative?

Don't the journalist that write for you want to have a little bit of integrity? Perhaps write articles that are helpful and supportive of the community? Does reporting the facts always have to be accompanied by quotes from the whiniest, most misinformed people you can find (and then get two of them from the extremes to show "balance")?
Jan. 11, 2014, 10:46 am
ty from pps says:
Now, that I'm thinking about it... I guess you're happy to have a niche readership of miserable ignoramuses like Rufus Leaking and Diehipster. Why would you want to have a wider readership?
Jan. 11, 2014, 1:46 pm
Dianne from long island says:
I applaud he Della Valles for their honesty. Why shouldn't the mayor be expected to be prompt jut like everyone else?! He apparently has perpetuated his own poor reputation for lateness. No excuses are acceptable....if everyone has to be prompt, so does he! Stop enabling. Thank you for your honest reporting. It was supportive of the community of corrections officers who graduated and their families. The Della Valles weren't whining. To the entry above, you must see yourself in the constant lateness......
Jan. 11, 2014, 1:48 pm
Dianne from long island says:
*the
Jan. 11, 2014, 1:49 pm
Dianne from long island says:
*the
*just
Jan. 11, 2014, 1:49 pm
ty from pps says:
Dianne --
Where is the reporting!? Did they even ask / try to ask the mayor or his office why he was late?!

No. I don't care about his supposed "reputation." I care that this paper does everything to AVOID honest reporting.
Jan. 11, 2014, 2 pm
ty from pps says:
btw, if the mayor didn't have an valid excuse, then THAT would be something to report. If he did have a valid excuse, then THAT would also be something to report.

Folks complaining about the chief executive of a city of 8.5 million people being 60 minutes late for a ceremonial duty... that's a great 1st paragraph.
Jan. 11, 2014, 2:03 pm
Susan Bradley from Gowanus says:
DeBlasio is a corrupt POS elected for one reason and that's his black wife.

Why was he late today? Getting financial advice from the new City Council speaker, what do you think?
Jan. 11, 2014, 3:27 pm
Jay from CI says:
Count your blessings, ty! This medium is an Idyll of Balance compared to its Brooklyn Daily sib.
Jan. 11, 2014, 9:40 pm
Jason from Park Slope says:
Warren is a slacker !!

What he'll have in common with Abe Beame and David Dinkins is hes a one termer.
Jan. 12, 2014, 12:04 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Replace Carmine with Ty's Tantrums!
Jan. 12, 2014, 7:53 am
old time brookly from slope says:
lol rufus. be careful or ty from ocean ave will hold his breath until he turns blue and stamp his hooves - :)
Jan. 12, 2014, 11:55 am
ty from pps says:
Rufus and Old Time --
We already know folks like you think the crap the Brooklyn Paper churns out is appropriate and good for the community. We know you don't like good things and dream every day of the NYC of 1984.

The rest of us actually want better for the city. And better local news that is not always looking to tear down and divide.

But yeah -- I'm just having a tantrum and stamping my hooves.
Jan. 12, 2014, 12:40 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
are you blue -
Jan. 12, 2014, 6:41 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow, Sgt. Opening with a gay slur, eh? That sure does scream 'credibility'!
Jan. 13, 2014, 9:28 am
Jason from East Flatbush says:
Cannot wait for my opportunity to graduate in my academy.
Jan. 18, 2014, 8:24 pm

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