NEW YORK CITY — Miss the bus? Was your train delayed? If you've run out of reasons for being late, why not try borrowing some excuses from the mayor of New York?
Mayor Bill de Blasio has given a litany of explanations for his chronic tardiness — which has notably prevented him from showing up on time to scheduled city functions, parades and even a memorial service.
The next time you're running late to work, dinner or a party and you're afraid of being heckled like de Blasio — whose arrival to a recent parade prompted jeers of "Get this man a watch!" and "late again, late again!" — why not try out some of de Blasio's excuses using DNAinfo's Mayoral Excuse Machine?
He recently blamed his half-hour late arrival to the Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade on meetings and "stuff," after volunteers marched behind a de Blasio banner for 12 blocks without him.
And when he was so late to the 13th anniversary ceremony in memory of the 265 victims of the Flight 587 crash last November that he missed the bell marking the time of the tragedy, he blamed his lateness on the NYPD boat he took hitting fog.
Sources later said the boat took off late because of de Blasio.
Earlier that month, his lateness also kept more than 100 people waiting at the gate to board a JetBlue flight from JFK Airport that was bound for Puerto Rico.
On Monday, de Blasio said he didn't get a chance to try the excuse generator himself but looks forward to checking it out.
"I look forward to this work of art," de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference Monday.
He added that he was trying to decrease his late arrivals in the New Year.
"As I’ve said, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to work on punctuality and I’ll continue to do so," de Blasio said.