As if Buffalo doesn't have enough problems, Mayor Bloomberg bragged Wednesday about how much better his own city is than that cold and shrinking metropolis.
"There's an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, New York, if you want to go there," Hizzoner said. "I don't think you do."
Bloomberg's poke in Buffalo's eye came as he spoke to a housing conference at New York University, where a camera from NY1 caught him touting how other cities wish they had New York's problems.
"Our city's problems are problems of success. We don't have enough classrooms. We don't have enough roads. We don't have enough housing," the mayor said. "Buffalo would love to have our problems."
Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said the mayor was not insulting the home of the Bills, the Sabres and the chicken wings, merely noting to a group of housing builders the lack of opportunity there.
"He's not saying, do you want to go there?" Loeser said. "The 'you' is, do you developers want to go to Buffalo and build?"
A spokesman for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown did not return a call for comment.
The gaffe came just hours after a new Quinnipiac University poll found Bloomberg with his lowest approval rating in eight years - just 39%.
I'll say one thing that Buffalo has over New York City - Bloomberg isn't mayor.
According to that poll released today, at least half of the city feels the same way I do.
Keep it up, Moneybags - you're getting close to Giuliani numbers.