NY mayor takes ribbing on 'The Colbert Report' about Italy trip during possible rail strike


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NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has taken a ribbing from Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert about his planned trip to Italy during a possible commuter rail strike.

The Democratic mayor made his first appearance on "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday night. The topics discussed in the lighthearted 8-minute interview included income inequality, universal pre-K and a potential Long Island Rail Road strike set for Sunday.

During the taping of the show de Blasio was noncommittal on whether he'd cancel his planned 10-day trip to Italy on Friday, saying he's hopeful there'll be a resolution avoiding a strike. He quipped stranded riders would have to talk to his wife about whether they could crash at the Gracie Mansion mayoral residence.

The mayor's wife and their two children attended the show's taping.

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