Bill de Blasio Appoints Bill Bratton Next Police Commissioner

Bill Bratton on MSNBC today.
Bill Bratton during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named former top cop Bill Bratton to serve as the city’s next police commissioner.

Mr. Bratton, a veteran of the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations, who also oversaw the police departments in Boston and Los Angeles, is best known for driving down crime in the city in the mid-1990s with a tough-on-low-level-crimes approach. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Appoints Bill Bratton Next Police Commissioner”

Bill de Blasio Announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor

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Tony Shorris. (Photo: nyu.edu)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made his first administration appointments this morning, naming government veteran Anthony Shorris his first deputy mayor and close aide Emma Wolfe his director of intergovernmental affairs.

Mr. Shorris, who previously served in the Koch administration and as executive director of the Port Authority, will be charged with managing the day-to-day operations of city government and overseeing services and nearly every city agency–essentially serving as Mr. de Blasio’s right-hand man. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor”

Bratton Says Report He’s Been Tapped as Police Commissioner Is ‘Inaccurate’

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

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. Continue reading “Bratton Says Report He’s Been Tapped as Police Commissioner Is ‘Inaccurate’”

Ray Kelly Goes After Mayoral Candidates for Failing to Consult on Terror Threats

Ray Kelly. (Photo: Getty)
Ray Kelly. (Photo: Getty)

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not happy with the field of mayoral candidates–even though many have offered him a job in their hypothetical administrations.

In a national security speech before the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kelly tore into the entire slate of pols who are vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of lacking a coherent public safety vision for the city.

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Ray Kelly’s Spokesman Says Kelly Clueless About Recent Poll

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A spokesman for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city’s top cop has nothing to do with a recent poll that appears to be testing the waters for a potential mayoral run.

The telephone poll, by the Queens-based Opinion Access Corp., asked a variety of questions about the commissioner, as well as how he matched up with the other candidates, according to a source, as well as reports by Capitol New York and the Village Voice. Continue reading “Ray Kelly’s Spokesman Says Kelly Clueless About Recent Poll”

Democratic Mayoral Candidate Suggests Rudy Giuliani as Police Commissioner

The Democratic candidates sparred during their first televised debate. (Photo: NY1)
The Democratic candidates sparred during their first televised debate. (Photo: NY1)

Longshot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado wants to bring Mayor Rudy Giuliani back to City Hall– this time as the new police commissioner.

Mr. Salgado, a socially conservative reverend, said he’d love to keep current Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on as the city’s top cop, but has at least one back-up choice in mind.

“I would consider Ray Kelly if he’s available. If he’s not interested, maybe I ask Rudy Giuliani to come and serve as police commissioner,” he said during the campaign’s first televised debate, which was held at John Jay College and sponsored by NY1.

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