Bill on Bill
With just four days left before his 12-year tenure in City Hall comes to an end, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is celebrating what he views as one of his crowning achievements: the record-low homicide rate across the five boroughs.
Speaking at an NYPD graduation ceremony today, Mr. Bloomberg wasn’t bashful in making sure both his administration and police department get full credit for the drop in crime over the past decade.
Ex-mayoral candidate Bill Thompson was not such a fan of Bill Bratton the last time the city’s next police commissioner served as top cop.
But the former mayoral contender is now commending Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice, arguing that things will be different now that Mr. Bratton is no longer answering to ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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.
Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Councilwoman-elect Inez Barron, are vowing a “grass-roots movement” to oust Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s recently announced pick for police commissioner.
Mr. Barron, an outspoken politician known for throwing rhetorical bombs at the establishment–including Mr. de Blasio, whom he considers a fake progressive–said Mr. Bratton is responsible for many of the very problems the next police commissioner should actually be trying to solve.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio insisted today he’s still on track to reform the NYPD, even though he just chose a member of the old guard to lead the department in his administration.
“I could not be more enthusiastic,” said Mr. de Blasio of his pick, Bill Bratton. “This is one of the choices that a mayor gets to make–that is most difficult–for the people of our city. It is a sacred choice.”
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.
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.
Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says a report that claims he’s been tapped by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to return to his old job as the city’s top cop is untrue.
“Ch. 11 report is inaccurate,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker via email this morning, adding, that “‘Police sources’ would be last to know” about his future plans.
Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is ready to come back to his old job in City Hall.
Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Mr. Bratton revealed a recent meeting with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and openly expressed his interest in becoming NYPD commissioner once again.
Bill Bratton, one of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s favored candidates for police commissioner, says he’s interested in the top cop position, but that no one from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s team has reached out with an offer.
“I have not had the opportunity to meet with the mayor and his people as of this time,” Mr. Bratton said today when asked before a transit forum whether Mr. de Blasio had made an offer. “I’m not applying for the job. If asked I’ll certainly consider it. But I’m not submitting an application if you will.”