NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Mayor Bill de Blasio was in Washington, D.C. Thursday calling on his fellow mayors to fight income inequality.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the mayor pointed an accusing finger at Congress in his first appearance on the national stage.

De Blasio proclaimed “it’s time to stop short-changing our cities,” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting.

“Let’s secure more dynamic funding for our roads and mass transit and give cities the flexibility to set their own priorities. I dare say I think I’ll find agreement in the room that we know what’s best for our own people,” said the mayor.

De Blasio also described President Barack Obama as a champion of the nation’s cities.

“His efforts to forge partnerships between the federal government and municipal leaders have been stymied by Congress. This has to stop,” said the mayor.

De Blasio invited the mayors to visit him in New York.

“I don’t happen to have the wealth of my predecessor, but I can guarantee you if you come visit me at City Hall that the coffee and bagels will be on me,” de Blasio quipped.

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