NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s behavior in Albany was called into question Tuesday night – by some who say that a kiss is not just a kiss.

As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, de Blasio smooched his way through Albany this week – bestowing kisses on female lawmakers while men got a handshake and maybe a pat on the back.

Workplace experts said the mayor was out of line; that his charm offensive was not charming and was more than a little bit offensive.

“Absolutely horrible,” said workplace expert Steven Viscusi.

Viscusi, an expert in workplace etiquette, was not feeling the love over Hizzoner’s actions.

“It’s absolutely inappropriate in any business environment today — with the new #MeToo movement — but even before that, that women should be hugged in an intimate way,” Viscusi said. “Why should a woman have to be pushed close to you and rubbed up against?”

And with the flu season so dramatically upon us, Viscusi said the mayor was guilty of a double faux pas.

“In church, the bishop has told people to give a special signal like this,” Viscusi said as he put his palms together to demonstrate, “as opposed to shaking hands.”

De Blasio asked the mayor about the way he greets women lawmakers.

Kramer: “I wonder if you think that’s an appropriate greeting for an executive at a business meeting.”

De Blasio: “I think certainly for the last 30 or so years that I’ve been involved in professional and public life – 30-plus years – that has been a norm and it’s been a respectful norm.”

But on the street Tuesday afternoon, some New Yorkers did not agree. When asked if it was appropriate for an executive to kiss a woman hello, Hilda Greenfield of the Upper West Side said no.

“I don’t know, it’s just too intimate,” she said.

“I don’t think that would be appropriate, and I’ve worked for many organizations where that wouldn’t be tolerated,” said Darryl Roberts of the Upper West Side.

“No, definitely not,” said Erica Blum.

“Here in the states, a handshake would probably be the better course of action,” said Olivia Broome of Washington Heights.

“If it’s his wife,” said Peter Roth. “In a business situation, usually you don’t behave that way.”

But not everyone said it was unacceptable. When asked whether an executive kissing a woman hello was appropriate, Rose Lipman of the Upper West Side said, “Sure.”

At least there is some good news – de Blasio said he got a flu shot.

Comments (46)
  1. Chuck Yates says:


  2. Kelly Laraia says:

    It should be a non issue but the left has said that every man is a potential rapist and abuser. De Blasio needs to keep his distance. That is the new standard.

  3. Reese Morris says:

    Next up, Richard Dawson.

  4. tomkay1012 says:

    What’s offensive is d’Blasio.

    1. Egomaniacal LIBTARD gets a dose of his own libtard idiocy.

  5. Well, it’s a whole lot better than how a Mayor Weiner would have greeted them.

  6. aintbuyingit says:

    No fan of DeBlasio, but as an Italian-American, a kiss on the cheek, when greeting a woman, is quite normal. WASPs need to pull that stick out of you know where.

    1. First, this isn’t Italy. Second de Blasio is partially Italian and changed his name from Wilhem. Third, where the f*ck is there even a WASP left in NY? And fourth- I’m sure you’re a fan of the idiot mayor.

  7. Ruby Jones says:

    If someone did this in corporate America they would be either put on notice or suspended. If it happened a second time it would probably result in being fired.

  8. Scott Leach says:

    Oh sure, since he’s old school its OK. What a moron. I don’t need to change a thing. OK Harvery, keep up your moronic ways, see where it gets you. You stupid rube.

  9. He looks like a doughy Rodney Dangerfield.

    1. Ralph Davis says:

      Please don’t insult Rodney Dangerfield….

  10. Juan Lozano says:

    the left eating its own

  11. This is totally nuts now .. these people are just crazy … “rubbed up against ? these tight arsed people would drop dead from shock if they ever went to France, Italy or Spain, god forbid they ever go to Argentina where Everyone Kisses Everyone … hello, goodbye, etc kiss kiss …

  12. Watching the P.C. NAZI’s eat theit politicians, directors etc. is priceless.

  13. I like to kiss coworkers with my fists.
    No chance of spreading the flu that way.
    You’re welcome.

  14. De Commio murdered Punxsutawney Phil and PETA didn’t give a crap.

  15. John Douglas says:

    Oh he’s offensive…. But not because he kisses women.

  16. net46038 says:

    Bow like the Japs do. It’s tbe best thing and no germs at all.

  17. Rich Lehmann says:

    People keep saying “Business Environment” but politicians are not Business People, Business People MAKE MONEY. Politicians are unattractive actors.

  18. What a misogynistic POS.

  19. akramden1 says:

    One word – one syllable…Ew

  20. Linda Cooke says:

    It’s fine as long as it would be appropriate for me to clean his clock afterward.

  21. Vox Veritas says:

    De Blasio needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the sexual assault laws of NY.

  22. Tom Ward says:

    It is headed in a direction they never tough. Let’s say I have a business that can employ both sexes. It is to my advantage just to employ males and that would be the end of the story. Nothing to worry about if you get my drift. Watch it, it will come down to that girls….

  23. Bill Nourse says:

    How about a simple terrorist fist bump?

  24. In some social justice circles, this would make DeBlasio a rapist.

  25. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  26. Steve Sisul says:

    This idiot is what New Yorkers. voted for. You deserve him.

  27. Mike Piazza says:

    What’s wrong with that? Hell, his wife Chirlane McCray used to do it all the time before meeting him!

  28. Oh, dB is so sexist. He should be kissing the men and ignoring the women.

  29. He’s offensive for using up air when he breathes.

  30. That’s the way they do things in the sexual freedom countries like Germany, Comrade Warren Wilhelm Jr. You know he was a European before he changed his name and came to America!

  31. Jeff Gibson says:

    I tried to tell people that forty years ago, but you wouldn’t listen to me because I’m a conservative.

  32. And being a dopey leftist commie türd democRat doesn’t help either.

  33. Bob Suyak says:

    Offensive and stupid? Does he really reflect those that elected him?

  34. Well, what about the women on the receiving end? From what I could see, every single one of them reciprocated with the same little fake-kiss, cheek-to-cheek gesture that de Blasio did. I would presume that they are capable enough of not leaning into the mayor, and simply extending their hands for a good ol’ fashioned shaking if they felt that this gesture was uncalled for, or inappropriate. They knew it was coming- they’d sat there and watched him do it to every single woman in the room. Let’s hear their side of the story before we actually lead de Blasio directly to the gallows.

  35. Carter Gwynn says:

    Put yourself in DeBlasio’s position, he is very creepy and married to a beast. But then again,he should just get a hooker.

  36. Sam Dennis says:

    It’s not a proper ‘business’ greeting. DiBlasio is a jerk.

  37. Steve Barker says:

    I don’t like this guy at all. I’m not a hugger either. Having said that; there are real outrages to be screamed about. Don’t hug him if you don’t like it. This is a cultural thing – not a sexual thing. Stop attacking everyone and everything.

  38. Lilith Whyte says:

    No hugs. No kisses. No handshakes. No undressing with the eyes. No improper use of gender pronouns. No Christian references. No politically incorrect speech…..

  39. Jack Inmanz says:

    Does this mean we can finally stop all the kiss kiss kiss and the man hugs? Finally?

  40. Perry Dice says:

    well its offensive to presume they’re all females because of the LGBTQQIAAP community.

  41. John Schmidt says:

    nice to see a leftist politician being burned by the left. In any workplace it would not be appropriate.

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