NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Dismisses Homeless Activist: I'm 'Doing My Workout'

Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit in Midtown Manhattan on Monday

Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit in Midtown Manhattan on Monday

A video posted on YouTube shows de Blasio telling 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun: "I'm in the middle of doing my workout".

De Blasio then walked away from Flowers Adesegun as his bodyguard stepped in between them while other activists shouted at the mayor: "We need housing for homeless New Yorkers!"

De Blasio has now invited the Vocal-NY members to City Hall for a meeting, The New York Times reported. According to Bklyner, the group is involved with the Coalition for the Homeless' House Our Future campaign, which is asking de Blasio to commit to increasing the 15,000 housing units to be created for homeless people to 30,000.

The mayor's dismissiveness toward the advocate quickly made headlines, particularly in light of the fact that de Blasio, a former activist himself, ran for mayor on a progressive platform promising to address homelessness and inequality in the city.

The activists contended that the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program excluded the 62,000 homeless New Yorkers who couldn't meet the steep income mark to get the "affordable housing" promised through it. 'Five per cent is not adequate!' "It's not the right venue for these discussions and the mayor won't have them there".

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The mayor's office did not immediately reply to ABC News for a request for comment.

It wasn't hard for the advocates to track down the mayor - he works out at the Y most mornings after being driven there from Gracie Mansion. 'Will you do this?

Coalition for the Homeless policy director Giselle Routhier told Park Slope Patch that while the program has added more than 300,000 units, only 5 percent were designated for homeless New Yorkers.

"People are uncomfortable. People are demanding homes for themselves".

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