Mayor de Blasio gained’t return to the scene of the crime.
De Blasio will skip the Staten Island Zoo’s Groundhog’s Day occasion for the second yr in a row — a aid to rodents, since in 2014 Hizzoner famously and fatally dropped the marmot enjoying Staten Island Chuck.
The mayor — who has discovered time to journey to Iowa in latest months — is just too busy to go to Staten Island, his workplace stated.
“It is a huge metropolis and the mayor’s received tons to handle. Groundhogs do not at all times make the minimize,” spokesman Eric Phillip stated.
His first yr on the hog-holding job, the groundhog — really a feminine named Charlotte — squirmed out of de Blasio’s palms. Whereas she appeared to get better, the groundhog was discovered lifeless in her pen days later.
That, too, may need performed into the mayor’s scheduling selections.
“And the mayor’s dedicated to protecting our metropolis the most secure huge metropolis in the US, for everybody,” Phillips joked.
De Blasio isn’t the one mayor to come across bother with the Staten Island Zoo’s prognosticators.
Groundhog Day 2017
Chuck bit Mayor Bloomberg — which led to mayors sporting thick gloves, which can have performed a component in de Blasio’s deadly fumble.
A yr later, Bloomberg was caught on digicam calling Chuck a “little son of a b—-.”