De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling

Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted today that any claims of a “crackdown” on panhandling in the city’s subway system are overrated.

Asked by WNYC radio show host Brian Lehrer whether the “crackdown on subway panhandling” was “consistent with your vision of how the NYPD should treat poor people who are basically innocent of crimes?” Mr. de Blasio said he wanted “to reframe the question” before answering. Continue reading “De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling”

Police Commissioner Calls Pot Legalization ‘Terrible Mistake’

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said today that it would be a “terrible mistake” to legalize marijuana and predicted problems for states that go that course.

Still, he insisted that he supports the medical use of the drug–putting him on the same page as Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also also opposed to following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, two states that have recently legalized and taxed pot. Continue reading “Police Commissioner Calls Pot Legalization ‘Terrible Mistake’”

Video: NYPD Chief Bill Bratton Reads to Children

Bill Bratton reading to children yesterday.
Bill Bratton reading to children yesterday.

Bill Bratton believes in the power of a good book.

The city’s new police commissioner often credits a children’s book named “Your Police” with inspiring his early interest in police work. And on Wednesday, he visited the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch to share his love of reading with a new generation of New Yorkers. Continue reading “Video: NYPD Chief Bill Bratton Reads to Children”

Bill Bratton Will March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

Bill Bratton will march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a decision that will separate the police commissioner from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council, which is officially boycotting the Irish-American celebration.

Parade organizers have drawn fire because they do not allow groups with signs or banners identifying themselves as LGBT to march. Continue reading “Bill Bratton Will March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

Bratton Has ‘No Problem’ With Mayor’s Call About Arrested Bishop

Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton today staunchly defended Bill de Blasio after the mayor received a torrent of criticism for placing a personal call to the NYPD following a campaign supporter’s arrest.

“I have no problem with it whatsoever. None, whatsoever,” said Mr. Bratton, weighing in for the first time on the controversy. Continue reading “Bratton Has ‘No Problem’ With Mayor’s Call About Arrested Bishop”

Bill de Blasio Labels MTA the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’

A scene in the New York City subway. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty)
A scene in the New York City subway as the yearly “Santa Con” revelers make their way through the system. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty)

Take a seat, Colossus. Go hang somewhere else, Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Time to turn off the lights, Lighthouse of Alexandria.

There’s a new world wonder in town: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority–at least according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Labels MTA the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’”

Welcome Back Bratton: Ladies Who Lunch Re-Greet Police Commissioner’s Wife

Le Cirque, always a great place for socialite watching, was buzzing this afternoon, as New York’s finest ladies turned out to pay tribute to NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton’s wife, Rikki Klieman Bratton. The lunch, hosted by Judi Giuliani, the wife of Rudy Giuliani, and Somers Farkas featured a drop-in from Commissioner Bratton himself, who had come to be half of what Ms. Giuliani referred to as “a power couple.”

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