Jokes about New York mayor abound at annual charity dinner

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  • Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo were roasted at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Tuesday
  • Host Alfred Smith IV mocked de Blasio’s constant tardiness saying they got him there by saying the dinner began at non
  • Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg mocked the ongoing feud between de Blasio and Cumo, comparing them to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry
  • Bloomberg also said of Ben Carson; ‘He’s a doctor who doesn’t believe in evolution, which is like being a CEO who doesn’t believe in profits’ 
  • The annual event, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, raised over $2.6million for various charities

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22:47 EST, 10 November 2015

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Jokes about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s habitual lateness and ongoing feud with Governor Andrew Cuomo took center stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Tuesday night.

Host Alfred Smith IV joked de Blasio showed up because he thought Cuomo wouldn’t be there and because they told him the dinner began at noon, adding; ‘The only place he showed up early was the Brooklyn real estate market.’

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg also took jabs at de Blasio and Cuomo’s tense relationship and very public ongoing feud, saying; ‘Despite what you read in the press, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are an incredibly close couple. 

‘Like Cain and Abel, Hamilton and Burr, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift,’ said Bloomberg at one point in the evening.’

He then added; ‘You know, like those couples who finish each other’s sentences, well, the mayor and the governor finish each other’s anonymous quotes.’ 

Making up: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo (shaking hands above with nan Smith between the two) were roasted at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Tuesday

Making up: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo (shaking hands above with nan Smith between the two) were roasted at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner on Tuesday

Getting some laughs: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (above) mocked the ongoing feud between de Blasio and Cumo, comparing them to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Getting some laughs: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (above) mocked the ongoing feud between de Blasio and Cumo, comparing them to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

The black-tie event is known for its humor, often at the expense of the politicians who attend and raises money for various charities.

It even managed to bring de Blasio and Cuomo close for a brief moment, with the pair shaking hands at one point. 

The two have been at odds since earlier this year, with de Blasio upset over decisions Cuomo and the general assembly have made about public education and affordable housing in the city as well as MTA funding.

Bloomberg also made a joke about de Blasio’s recent travels outside the city to support some of his fellow Democrats in other states, saying; ‘It’s great to see Mayor de Blasio actually in New York City tonight. To get him to show up, his staff told him that the dinner was in Iowa.’

Capital New York posted a copy of Bloomberg’s speech, which also took aim at Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders.

‘He’s a doctor who doesn’t believe in evolution, which is like being a CEO who doesn’t believe in profits,’ Bloomberg said of Carson. 

Sanders was described by Bloomberg as ‘a Jewish socialist who looks like Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future and sounds like Larry David.’

And Bloomberg said of Trump; ‘I’ve always said that the country is not ready for a divorced, Jewish billionaire from New York City. But after watching a divorced, Christian billionaire from New York City shoot to the top of the polls, I’ve decided to reconsider.’

The New York Times reports that Smith also managed to get in some jabs at Trump, saying of the presidential hopeful; ‘Donald Trump is devout. He worships Donald Trump.’

Organizers say the dinner, held at the swank Waldorf Astoria, raised $2.6 million. 

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