City Hall moves operations to Queens
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan attend a Mets vs Cardinal game at Citi Field on the first day of City Hall In Your Borough in Queens. (Photo: Michael Appleton)
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan attend a Mets vs Cardinal game at Citi Field on the first day of City Hall In Your Borough in Queens. (Photo: Michael Appleton)
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has been taking his administration on the road, decamping city offices to one of the city's outer boroughs for a week, focusing on issues important to that borough and holding meetings and town halls with the heads of various city agencies.

And this week the de Blasio administration is in Queens.

And to kick off the week, de Blasio held a photo op at Borough Hall with all of the borough's elected officials.

Well, almost all of the elected officials.

Certainly there were some politicians who couldn't make it because of a scheduling conflict, but only one as far as we know made a point of declining the invitation.

State Senator Tony Avella says he received a text message from the mayor inviting him to a meet-and-greet with the mayor and various department commissioners, but said he had no interest in the staged event.

“I don’t need to meet with the mayor or any of the commissioners, they know the issues of my district,” Avella said in a statement. “Every day I write to them on a litany of issues that my constituents bring to me. Unless they are tossing the letters without reading them, they should be well aware of the concerns I have for my Senate District.”

You might recall that until recently Avella was running against de Blasio, and when he dropped out of the race Avella didn't have a whole lot of positive things to say about our current mayor.

We're guessing it would have been an icy meeting.
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