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”

Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall

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The Bloomberg countdown clock. (Photo: Twitter/@rachelhaot)

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. Continue reading “Outgoing Bloomberg Officials Reflect on Last Day at City Hall”

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”

City Releases Bid for Pay-by-Phone Parking Meters

A parking meter. (Photo: Flickr/Lucius Kwok)
A parking meter. (Photo: Flickr/Lucius Kwok)

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. Continue reading “City Releases Bid for Pay-by-Phone Parking Meters”

Bloomberg Touts Crime-Fighting at ‘T-Minus 5’ Days

Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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. Continue reading “Bloomberg Touts Crime-Fighting at ‘T-Minus 5’ Days”

Ray Kelly Lands Gig at Council on Foreign Relations

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

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. Continue reading “Ray Kelly Lands Gig at Council on Foreign Relations”

Mayor Bloomberg Predicts ‘Enormous Demand’ for Bloomberg Associates

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Michael Bloomberg today. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

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. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Predicts ‘Enormous Demand’ for Bloomberg Associates”