Bill de Blasio could lose his job over White House bid if he’s not careful
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential dreams had better not make him too neglectful of his day job — or he could lose it, under a never-used clause in the city charter.
The poison pill buried in the document’s dense legalese is the “committee on mayoral inability,” a five-member body with the power to declare the mayor “temporarily unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.
Comptroller Scott Stringer — who has publicly worried about the mayor’s distraction — is a member, along with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the longest-serving of the city’s five beeps.
The committee would also include two mayoral appointees, Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter and a deputy mayor to be named later, by de Blasio himself.
Four votes would set the process in motion — but a two-thirds vote of the City Council would be needed to take power from de Blasio’s hands.
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