The city’s future police commissioner today dismissed suggestions that a decision by the current administration to relegate Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s police transition team to a trailer outside One Police Plaza amounted to a slight.
“Actually, that would be an improvement over last time,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker, answering questions today at a press conference announcing his appointment as the city’s next top cop. Read More
Al Sharpton, who clashed endlessly with the Giuliani administration, doesn’t sound thrilled with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s decision to re-appoint Mr. Giuliani’s police commissioner as the city’s top cop.
In a statement released this morning just as news of Bill Bratton’s appointment was trickling out, Mr. Sharpton, who has had a warm relationship with Mr. de Blasio, offered a mixed assessment of Mr. Bratton’s record, which includes stints as chief of both the Boston and Los Angeles police departments. Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named former top cop Bill Bratton to serve as the city’s next police commissioner.
Mr. Bratton, a veteran of the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations, who also oversaw the police departments in Boston and Los Angeles, is best known for driving down crime in the city in the mid-1990s with a tough-on-low-level-crimes approach. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Doomed Metro-North Train Had Warning System, Just Not in Operator’s Cab.”
Runner-Up: “De Blasio’s organizer, now from the inside.”
Actress Keri Russell‘s home was broken into, then this happened: “Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota, who lives in the area, passed by and asked what was going on. When a scribe told him about the break-ins, Lhota replied by alluding to his campaign warnings that crime would increase in the absence of aggressive use of stop-and-frisk: ‘See, I told you guys this was going to happen,’ he said.” Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tonight headlined a fund-raiser for the anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS and doubled down on his vow to ban the carriages after he takes office in January.
Members of the press were barred by the group from entering the small event, held in the lobby of the Hippodrome Building in Midtown, and strained to hear snippets of Mr. de Blasio’s remarks with ears pressed against glass doors and windows. Read More
An attorney with close ties to Queens County politics is planning to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith next year.
Mr. Smith, still reeling from an arrest on corruption charges earlier this year, is openly despised by his fellow Senate Democrats after caucusing briefly with a breakaway faction of Democrats that govern the Senate with Republicans and is considered a major target in 2014. Read More
Unveiling his first deputy mayor and two other top administration posts today, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio stressed that a potent right-hand man would be pivotal to the day-to-day functioning of City Hall.
Anthony Shorris, the soon-to-be first deputy mayor, will be a crucial figure over the coming years, Mr. de Blasio said. Read More
Just one day after he departs City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is headed to sunny Hawaii, according to reports.
The Honolulu Civil Beat and Honolulu Star-Adviser reported yesterday that Mr. Bloomberg will be in Honolulu January 2 to help Senator Brian Schatz raise money ahead of an expected battle for his seat next year. Read More
Though Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty by capturing the liberal zeitgeist, don’t expect him to stock his cabinet with members of the Park Slope Food Co-op.
As a candidate, Mr. de Blasio branded himself as a leading stop-and-frisk antagonist, but the names on his shortlist of police commissioner candidates aren’t exactly radical. A strong Read More
His lame-duck status on the City Council certainly has not tempered the fiery Charles Barron.
The term-limited Brooklyn Councilman blasted Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the City Council’s Progressive Caucus in an interview on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night, accusing Mr. de Blasio of being a faux-liberal and the caucus of reinforcing a white male power structure. Read More