Mayor Bloomberg Is Sorry for Portraying Buffalo As a Deserted Hellhole

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For someone who probably never actually thinks he's wrong about anything, Mayor Bloomberg is doing a lot of apologizing these days. Last month, he was making amends for a joke about those drunk Irish and their constant drunkenness (for which some people have yet to forgive him). And last night, he made a personal call to Buffalo mayor Byron Brown after an unprovoked attack on the vitality and desirability of his city:


"Our city's problems are problems of success. We don't have enough classrooms. We don't have enough roads. We don't have enough housing," said mayor Bloomberg. "If you go to other cities, they don't have those problems. There's an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, New York, if you want to go there. I don't think you do. Buffalo would love to have our problems."

After Brown told reporters that he was "pissed," Bloomberg called to apologize and even suggested that he "get up there and see for myself" the wonders of Buffalo, presumably while wearing a wig and a fake mustache.

Bloomberg to Buffalo: I'm sorry [Buffalo News]