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”

Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy

Tish James celebrating her win Tuesday night. (Photo: Facebook)
Tish James celebrating her election win with Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Facebook)

Two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s closest allies today refused to criticize the mayor over the controversy surrounding his call to police following the arrest of an early campaign supporter–with one literally walking away from reporters at City Hall.

“I will defer to the mayor of the City of New York,” repeated Public Advocate Tish James, as she was trailed by reporters walking from City Hall to her office on Centre Street. Continue reading “Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy”

De Blasio Insists He Did Nothing Wrong After Pastor’s Arrest

Bill de Blasio at today's press conference.
Bill de Blasio at today’s press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was placed on the defense today, fielding question after question about a controversial phone call he placed to police after a campaign supporter was arrested Monday night

The supporter, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, avoided a night in jail despite two open warrants, prompting accusations of favoritism and interference. But Mr. de Blasio, his talking points mastered, repeatedly insisted he only inquired about Mr. Findlayter’s status. 

Continue reading “De Blasio Insists He Did Nothing Wrong After Pastor’s Arrest”

Grimm Calls Reporter to Apologize for Threats

A scene from the confrontation. (screengrab: NY1/YouTube)
A scene from the confrontation. (screengrab: NY1/YouTube)

Congressman Michael Grimm called NY1 reporter Michael Scotto this morning to apologize for threatening to physically injure him after President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.

In an interview, Mr. Scotto told Politicker that Mr. Grimm called him around 10:45 a.m. to make amends for last night’s headline-grabbing eruption. Continue reading “Grimm Calls Reporter to Apologize for Threats”