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Mayor's Planned Helicopter Ride Shut Down Harlem Little League Game: Report

By Dartunorro Clark | October 27, 2016 1:12pm
 Mayor Bill de Blasio's penchant for using helicopters to beat traffic resulted in a Little League game being shut down.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's penchant for using helicopters to beat traffic resulted in a Little League game being shut down.
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HARLEM — A planned landing by Mayor Bill de Blasio's helicopter forced a Harlem Little League baseball game to be shut down for more than an hour — but was ultimately scrapped because of an angry father, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD cleared two baseball teams from a diamond in Harlem River Park during an extended seventh-inning stretch on Aug. 9, so that crews could prep the space to be used as a landing pad, according to the newspaper.

But the plan was scrapped after an angry dad threatened to post pictures of the intrusion on social media, the Post reported.

The fuming father told the paper that the police “basically told everybody to get off the field” because “the mayor wants to land his helicopter here.”

“The guy feels he’s so entitled to do whatever he wants,” the father, who was not named by the Post, said.

Earlier this month, de Blasio used a helicopter to get from Prospect Park to Long Island City. His team has refused to say why he needed to take that mode of transport, or what he'd been doing in Brooklyn.

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the August incident.