To move or not to move? That, for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is still the question. Read More
Bill de Blasio will be unveiling “important” new appointments in the near future, but don’t expect his schools chancellor pick to be among them.
Asked today about his selection for the chancellor position, the mayor-elect described his decision-making process as deliberate and methodical and said new candidates are still being considered even as his January 1 inauguration looms a few weeks away. Read More
Incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton this morning tried to turn the page on soured relations between police and many minority communities, promising “freedom and equality for all” in his first public appearance since his appointment.
Mr. Bratton, who also served as top cop under Rudy Giuliani, vowed to “get it right” in a city where many communities of color feel under siege following a dramatic spike in stop-and-frisks that rarely lead to arrests. He was speaking with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in front of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network at a memorial for the late anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela in Harlem. Read More
The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.
In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime. Read More
Replete with a chorus, a celebrity senator and an adoring, well-heeled audience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final speech to the Partnership for New York City this morning was a celebration of his legacy, controversy not included. Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some choice words for those who razz him for his stilted Spanish: get a life.
Speaking on his weekly radio show this morning, Mr. Bloomberg–whose command of the language has long been the butt of jokes, eye rolling and even a parody Twitter account–said he’s actually pretty good and getting better all the time. Read More
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning praised his successor’s first administration picks and vowed once again to hold his tongue after he leaves City Hall at the end of the month.
This week, Mayor-elect Bill Blasio announced his first appointments, including soon-to-be First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and returning Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who’d served in the Giuliani administration and is returning to his old job next year. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Senator Chuck Schumer Lives Like a College Frat Boy.”
Runner-Up: “Crimebuster Bratton made rotten Apple shine.”
Bill de Blasio‘s pick of Bill Bratton to be his next police commissioner has warmed the hearts of some of his biggest public safety critics: tabloid editorial pages. The Daily News wrote it “inspires confidence that New Yorkers elected a law-and-order mayor after all,” while the New York Post cheered the pick as “welcome news.” Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered that flags at City Hall be lowered to half-staff this evening to honor the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier today at the age of 95. Read More
Bill de Blasio, who is set to take office on January 1st, is quickly gaining a reputation for tardiness.
The mayor-elect, starting to return to a regular schedule of public events following a sparse post-election calendar, has increasingly made a habit of keeping the press and public waiting when he does hold events, drawing scorn from some members of the media. Read More