For Hizzoner, “crunch time” means working on his abs.
Mayor Bill de Blasio kicks off a typical day with roughly two hours in the gym before getting around to running the city at 10:30 a.m., a Post review of his schedules shows.
Following a 30-minute, cross-borough drive from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side to the Park Slope YMCA, the gym rat begins his routine around 8 a.m., the schedules indicate, stretching and pedaling on a stationary bike while watching TV.
After getting in a good sweat, de Blasio has a whole half-hour budgeted to change from his workout attire — a T-shirt and cargo shorts — into his suit, then hits the road again for City Hall, generally clocking in around 10:30 a.m.
The Post analyzed the gym junkie’s schedule as laid out in dozens of emails from his NYPD security detail spanning July 2017 through December 2018, recently disclosed as part of an age-discrimination lawsuit filed by a former member of the team.
The amount of time de Blasio has on his hands to pump iron left one city pol plotting his own run for the mayoralty.
“I never thought about becoming mayor until I realized how much free time I’d have and how healthy I’d be with all the exercise I get,” cracked City Councilman Joe Borelli.
“I have a fraction of the responsibilities of Mayor de Blasio, and I try to go to the gym, and I do it either before or after I drop my son off at school,” said the Staten Island Republican, adding that he’s typically wrapped up by 9:30 a.m. at the latest.
It helps that Borelli uses a gym a mere block from his son’s school, and 5 minutes from his council district office, he said — unlike de Blasio, who is driven by his detail 13 miles to a Park Slope YMCA.
By comparison, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit the treadmill at home in the mornings, and late Mayor Ed Koch had already worked out and in the office by the time de Blasio typically leaves Gracie Mansion.
“He was at the gym from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and at his desk at City Hall by 7:30 a.m., if not earlier,” said George Arzt, Koch’s former press secretary. “Sometimes he was the first person in and would actually pick up the ringing phone from a complaining constituent.”
De Blasio, by contrast, often takes time post-workout to replenish with a stop at one of his favorite Park Slope haunts, such as Colson Patisserie or Little Purity Diner, before heading into Manhattan.
Hizzoner got a haircut after hitting the gym not once but twice within a two-week period in November 2018 — including once on a weekday, which pushed his City Hall arrival back to 11 a.m. for the day, the schedules show.
On Fridays, de Blasio regularly goes to the Y, does his weekly WNYC radio interview at the nearby Park Slope Library — then heads back to Gracie to get a jump on the weekend.
When he does head into the office, de Blasio’s daily exercise routine sometimes leaves him so tuckered out that he catches some midday Zs on his office couch.
On one occasion in 2017 and another in 2018, the mayor switched it up by getting in a 3 p.m. weekday workout, the schedules reveal.
A City Hall spokeswoman said that the emails are staffing assignments based on the mayor’s projected schedule and do not necessarily reflect how Hizzoner or his detail ultimately spend their days.
She suggested that de Blasio doesn’t quite clock two hours a day at the gym because his advance security team gets there ahead of time to prepare for his arrival.
But that isn’t the only way that the NYPD timeline detailed in the emails clash with the mayor’s official schedule.
In some cases, official schedules show de Blasio making work calls after leaving the gym that aren’t detailed in the police emails.
De Blasio’s official schedule suggests he stayed an hour longer at the gym than the detail had anticipated.
For instance, on May 21, 2018, de Blasio arrived at the Y at 8 a.m., then got to Manhattan’s Hunter High School for Science by 11 a.m. for a student voter registration event, according to the detail’s emails.
But the mayor’s official schedule shows him making a work call from the road at 11:30 a.m., then getting to Hunter at noon.
“Whether calling Commissioners, conversing with constituents, or emailing staff, the mayor is working for the people of New York City 24/7,” said mayoral spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.
She added that “anyone who has seen the mayor at the gym — or anywhere else for that matter — knows his work never ends.”
Additional reporting by Aaron Feis
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