"Giuliani began each work day…with an 8 a.m. meeting, an almost military-style briefing with his top staff," wrote Fred Siegel in his 2005 biography of Rudy, The Prince of the City. "The importance of the '8 a.m. morning meeting,'"— writes Siegel quoting Giuliani—"'cannot be overstated…I consider it the cornerstone to efficient functioning.'"
Our current mayor is more likely to be found buried under a heap of blankets at that ungodly hour, notes New York magazine's Jessica Roy:
Bill de Blasio, who's notoriously tardy for everything from memorials to speeches, was so late for a flight from JFK in November that he kept passengers from boarding for 20 minutes. New York's mayor is so perennially late that the Post once gifted him a West Elm alarm clock (without a snooze button).
Last month, Hizzoner missed most of a ceremony to honor the victims of Flight 587, after arriving half-an-hour late
for an 8:05 a.m. ferry. His aides initially blamed the mayor's tardiness on "heavy fog," but de Blasio later admitted that he was recovering from a "rough night" and was feeling "really sluggish." When he was public advocate, notes the Observer, de Blasio "sometimes had difficulty waking up in the morning…leaving staffers waiting for hours outside his home or showing up late to morning events."
I go to the same YMCA as de Blasio in Brooklyn's Park Slope, and just this morning I caught him slowly peddling away on an exercise bike at 8:20 a.m. If de Blasio's going to make good on his promise to solve the "inequality crisis" and turn the Big Apple into a progressive paradise, he'll need get to the office. Sweet dreams, Mr. Mayor.