U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, making an appearance on John Catsimatidis’ radio show, said that Mayor Bill de Blasio does not support her initiative to bring two pandas to the Central Park Zoo or the Bronx Zoo.
Maloney said she went over to China last summer to scout the pot-bellied creatures in her pursuit of bringing them to New York.
Her argument is that other major zoos around the country are home to pandas but that is not the case for New York.
She went on to say that de Blasio does not support her initiative despite support from other officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The Mayor was not interested. He doesn’t like horses and I guess he doesn’t like pandas,” she said, taking a shot at de Blasio’s plan to ban horse carriages.
De Blasio’s office has reportedly responded by saying there are more pressing issues going on in the City right now than pandas.
While the Pandas are low on the priority list for the Mayor, for Maloney, the issue is black and white: There should be pandas in NYC.