Speaking at an East New York megachurch this morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio further celebrated the decision he made last week to end the city’s appeal to a federal ruling on stop-and-frisk.
Mr. de Blasio, appearing at the sprawling Christian Cultural Center for the second time since his election, told the predominately black crowd of several thousand that he was focused on building a “pathway to a more just city.”
In his first cable TV appearance since becoming mayor, Bill de Blasio paid a visit to Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, where the two chatted about the end of the city’s appeal against a prominent stop-and-frisk ruling, Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential campaign and a top Sharpton aide’s role in the de Blasio administration.
Unsurprisingly, the two behaved like old friends. Mr. de Blasio thanked Mr. Sharpton for leading an anti stop-and-frisk rally, while Mr. Sharpton hailed the new mayor as a rare politician who could keep his word.
On the Stump
Standing in a Brownsville, Brooklyn recreation center, Mayor Bill de Blasio repudiated much of his predecessor’s public safety legacy this afternoon.
With a host of elected officials looking on, the new mayor and his police commissioner said they would end the controversial appeal of a stop-and-frisk lawsuit, drawing overwhelming praise from some of Michael Bloomberg’s bitterest critics.
Hammering home several of the campaign themes that rocketed him to City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of elected officials celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this morning.
Pointing to a rising rate of shootings in one Brooklyn precinct, Joe Lhota warned yet again that his main rival in the mayor’s race, Democrat Bill de Blasio, would usher in a new crime wave if he’s elected.
“I know most New Yorkers are so accustomed to having safe streets, but the past few weeks have shown us … what can happen if I believe our police officers are not able do their job because of the City Council legislation,” said Mr. Lhota, who has made public safety a centerpiece of his campaign.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted guns-rights advocates in Washington and stop-and-frisk opponents in the city after the shooting death of a 1-year-old boy yesterday.
“A misguided ruling from a federal judge and two bills passed by the City Council will make it harder for the NYPD to continue to reduce shootings and violent crimes, which primarily occur in minority communities, as we saw once again last night,” Mr. Bloomberg, standing with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, said today at a press conference near Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade.
“So the ideologues on the far right will continue to tell us our gun laws don’t need to be fixed,” he added. “And the ideologues on the left will continue to tell us we need to handcuff the police officers who have been unfathomably successful in reducing violent crime.”
On the heels of major endorsements from the city’s three leading papers, Christine Quinn rallied forward with a different sort of nod this morning: from tennis champion Billie Jean King.
The endorsement–on Women’s Equality Day and the kick-off of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, Queens–was well-timed for Ms. Quinn, who is vying to become the first female mayor of New York City.
“I think she’s our champion,” declared Ms. King at a press conference on the wooden walkway leading to her namesake tennis center. “I look at Christine Quinn and see how she’s pragmatic and she gets things done.”
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.
At a press conference defending the NYPD today, Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis found himself defending one of his own supporters, who was reportedly under investigation, as well.
This morning, the New York Post reported that Manhattan Republican Party Chairman Dan Isaacs was allegedly recorded musing over a bribe offer from an undercover agent in a federal investigation that has already resulted in corruption charges against multiple Republican party officials.
Bill Thompson wants one of his rival’s newest ads off the air.
Mr. Thompson demanded Public Advocate Bill de Blasio take down a television commercial because it states that Mr. de Blasio is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
“I think that if you look at Bill saying he’s the only one to end stop-and-frisk, that’s just not true,” an enraged Mr. Thompson told reporters at a press conference outside police headquarters at One Police Plaza.