- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending his gym routine.

De Blasio lives in Gracie Mansion, which is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

But he still commutes many days to the gym near his former house in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

That’s a 12-mile drive that can take well more than 30 minutes in traffic. Afterward, he then has another 4-mile drive to City Hall.

The mayor drew criticism Friday when he remained at the gym during an armed standoff on Staten Island in which a firefighter was shot.

He said on Tuesday that he is “on duty all of the time” and is constantly in touch with aides no matter where he is.

De Blasio also suggested that many CEOs stress the need to create time to work out.

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