NYC's Bill de Blasio to skip US Conference of Mayors meeting

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 12:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) won't be traveling to the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this weekend.

The mayors will be gathering in San Francisco starting Friday. President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton are also attending.

De Blasio attended last year and is a key member of the conference.

But aides said Thursday that he's too busy to attend this year. They noted that both the state legislative session and city budget negotiations are in their final days.

The mayor promoted his liberal agenda earlier this year in trips to Iowa, Wisconsin and California.

The travel drew some criticism back home. A poll showed that nearly half of New Yorkers thought the mayor was being distracted by his national trips.