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”

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”

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. 

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De Blasio Takes Fire for Phone Call Placed After Pastor’s Arrest

Today's Daily News.
Today’s Daily News.

It’s the day of his first budget announcement, but much of the spotlight today will instead be focused on Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to reach out to the NYPD following a friend’s arrest.

The city’s new mayor suddenly finds himself under fire from multiple corners following yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report revealing he personally made a call to inquire about Bishop Orlando Findlayter after the pastor was arrested Monday for outstanding warrants. A local police official subsequently–and suspiciously, some say–released Mr. Findlayter. Continue reading “De Blasio Takes Fire for Phone Call Placed After Pastor’s Arrest”

Mayor’s Office Says de Blasio Did Not Ask for Ally to Be Spared Night in Jail

Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter's church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio and his family attending Orlando Findlayter’s church in September. (Photo: Facebook)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new administration may have been hit with its first minor scandal today: a report suggesting he intervened to prevent a friend from spending a night behind bars–a suggestion Mr. de Blasio’s office denies.

The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that Bishop Orlando Findlayter, a member of Mr. de Blasio’s inaugural committee, was spared a night in jail after the mayor contacted a top police official to inquire about his arrest Monday night. Continue reading “Mayor’s Office Says de Blasio Did Not Ask for Ally to Be Spared Night in Jail”

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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De Blasio ‘Glad’ City Agreed to Settle RNC Arrest Lawsuit

An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)
An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pleased that his new law department has agreed to pay out $18 million to settle various lawsuits stemming from the 2004 Republican National Convention, where many alleged they were illegally arrested by the NYPD.

“I’ll simply say I’m glad the case is settled,” Mr.  de Blasio told reporters this afternoon, speaking at a press conference outlining his plan to reduce traffic fatalities. “I have spoken before about my concerns about how that situation was handled at the time and I’m glad we’re moving forward.” Continue reading “De Blasio ‘Glad’ City Agreed to Settle RNC Arrest Lawsuit”