Cuomo Recruits Ray Kelly as ‘Special Adviser’ to New College

Ray Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)
Ray Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Ray Kelly, the longtime police chief under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appears set to land another job in public service.

During Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State speech today, New York’s governor announced plans “to establish the nation’s first college on emergency preparedness and homeland security” and has “recruited Ray Kelly to be a special adviser to the state in setting up this school.” Continue reading “Cuomo Recruits Ray Kelly as ‘Special Adviser’ to New College”

Bratton Takes Oath Vowing to Repair Relations With Those ‘Alienated’ by NYPD

Bill de Blasio addressing the crowd at 1 Police Plaza.
Bill de Blasio addressing the crowd at 1 Police Plaza.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was officially sworn into office today and made clear in his opening remarks that there’s a new top cop in town.

Notably, while former Commissioner Ray Kelly was relentlessly criticized–including by Mr. Bratton’s new boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio–for alienating communities of color, Mr. Bratton vowed to fix the problem and reestablish trust in the NYPD. Continue reading “Bratton Takes Oath Vowing to Repair Relations With Those ‘Alienated’ by NYPD”

Bill Bratton Doesn’t Have Access to Room at NYPD Headquarters

Bill Bratton taking the oath of office earlier today. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Bill Bratton taking the oath of office earlier today. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Bill Bratton may be the new top cop in the NYPD–after previously holding the same post under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani–but even he doesn’t have access to every room at the department headquarters.

Asked today about the NYPD’s controversial surveillance program, Mr. Bratton said it was important “to understand the parameters that … legally you need to operate with” before pivoting to say he still needed to do a full evaluation of the system–and still needed to get the necessary clearances to do so.  Continue reading “Bill Bratton Doesn’t Have Access to Room at NYPD Headquarters”

Bloomberg Says Administration ‘Literally’ Saved 9,200 Lives

Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

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. Continue reading “Bloomberg Says Administration ‘Literally’ Saved 9,200 Lives”

Bill Thompson Thinks Bill Bratton Will Be Much Better This Time Around

Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)

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.  Continue reading “Bill Thompson Thinks Bill Bratton Will Be Much Better This Time Around”

In Sharpton’s House, Bratton Vows to ‘Practice What Mandela Preached’

Al Sharpton with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at the National Action Network. (Photo: WIlliam Alatriste)
Al Sharpton with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: William Alatriste)

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. Continue reading “In Sharpton’s House, Bratton Vows to ‘Practice What Mandela Preached’”