Rays of Sunshine
It's The Final Contdown
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.”
Outgoing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott began his final day on the job this morning with an early stop at City Hall, where he took one last look at the mayor’s famous countdown clock, which today notes zero days left on his administration’s watch.
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.
Say goodbye to those flimsy little parking receipts sitting on your dashboard.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the city has put out a bid for a contract that would allow drivers to pay for municipal parking by cell phone or online.
After touring the five boroughs to tout the city’s progress over the last 12 years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again turning his focus to crime-fighting.
Mr. Bloomberg appeared in Jamaica, Queens today to boast how, in his eyes, the city has helped former criminals and at-risk youth avoid returning to lives of crime.
Bloomberg on Bloomberg
Outgoing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will join the Council on Foreign Relations once he steps down in January, the think tank announced earlier today.
Mr. Kelly, who has served as the city’s top cop longer than any commissioner in city history, will take on the role of “distinguished visiting fellow” at the organization, focusing on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and other national security issues, according to a release.
Bill on Bill
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, burnishing his legacy in all five boroughs this week as he prepares to leave office, shed a sliver of light today on the new consulting firm he’s planning to found once he leaves office, aimed at helping cities across the world.
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.
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.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has “cleared the air” with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after Playboy published an interview in which the city’s top cop agreed with the suggestion that the Democratic mayoral contenders were “full of shit.”
Mr. de Blasio, who was one of those Democratic candidates, said today the two had spoken yesterday and were “moving forward,” despite the harsh words.