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.
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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest city official to receive a threatening letter ahead of the Super Bowl, police confirmed this morning.
The letter, received yesterday, did not contain white powder like the one sent last week to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s office and other Super Bowl-related addresses, but included “threats to the city in general,” an NYPD spokesman said.
Mysterious white powder sent today to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has tested “not-toxic,” according to police and Mr. Giuliani’s security team.
The powder was sent to Mr. Giuliani’s office on 49th Street today, according to an FBI spokesman, which was investigating the incident along with the NYPD and Joint Terrorist Task Force.
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.
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.”
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota pounced on his rival Bill de Blasio today, suggesting his opponent had “no soul” during an endorsement event with Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro.
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Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.
Bill Thompson, who has repeatedly called on mayoral rival Bill de Blasio to take down his “lying” television commercial, is officially taking his request to the airwaves.
In the first critical ad of the Democratic primary, Mr. Thompson again declares that Mr. de Blasio’s spot “lies” when it claims the public advocate is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
As the City Council debated the merits of two bills designed to curtail the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seethed anger and declared that more New Yorkers would die every year if implemented.
But the morning after the chamber overrode his two vetoes against the legislation? An unusually sedate Mr. Bloomberg reiterated that there would be serious consequences but then rhetorically shrugged.