Liu was known for keeping up an insane schedule of public appearances, often beginning his days before the sun came up and returning home long after it had gone down. And that dates back to his days as a councilman representing Flushing, long before he held citywide office.
We remember a reporter telling us once that when Liu was pushing legislation in the City Council banning car alarms within city limits, they bumped into him discussing the bill for a Brooklyn Community Board 6 committee meeting.
Unaware that we also covered Brooklyn, the reporter said he might know the paper as the Queens Examiner (our edition in northeast Queens).
“What is the Queens Examiner doing all the way out in Brooklyn?” Liu inquired.
When the reporter said the same could be asked of a Queens councilman, Liu replied that he would go anywhere he is invited at any time.
And once he was elected city comptroller, those invitations and demands on his time only increased.
But now Liu is out of public office, relinquishing his comptroller post and losing his bid for mayor, and therefore shouldn’t have any need to release a public schedule, right?
Over the weekend, Liu released a public schedule emailed to a handful of reporters detailing his weekend plans, which included a number of stops at swearing-in ceremonies for the recently elected in four different boroughs.
When pressed about why he would still need to release a public schedule, Liu responded in published reports that he was still being asked by some reporters what his plans were regarding the inauguration ceremonies, and simply thought it would be easier to put the information out there rather than field the phone calls.
Fair enough. Hey, we wish everybody would just let us know what there plans were for the day so we can either hook up, or more importantly, avoid them.