Posted: January 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In recent days, Mr. de Blasio has sounded downcast, according to aides who have spoken with him. The manager of his mayoral campaign has returned to help. And his team is considering focus groups and a poll to refine the mayor’s message to New Yorkers who may have soured on him.
How Mr. de Blasio reached this point is a story of accumulated slights, political miscalculations and the slowness of members of his inner circle, almost none of whom have close ties to law enforcement, in reacting to the warning signs of what would become the gravest crisis of his young mayoralty.
The Technique Is Strictly A Mechanical, Natural Procedure That Allows The Mind And Body To Settle Down To A Deep State Of Rest
De Blasio often begins his answer to tough questions with a version of “Let me frame this,” and then proceeds to rearrange the subject to his advantage:
Posted: December 29th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mr. de Blasio has made few public appearances since Officer Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were fatally shot in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.
The mayor has avoided unscripted interactions with the news media, taking no questions from reporters since Monday afternoon. On Friday, his aides would not disclose his location until after 9 p.m., moments before he arrived for the final minutes of a wake and memorial service for Officer Ramos.
Posted: December 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
People close to de Blasio also said he supported the Garner protesters not because he backed their position, but because he wanted to avoid antagonizing them in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict the officer who killed Garner.
. . . by flying coach:
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Notoriously late Mayor Bill de Blasio kept more than 100 people waiting at the gate to board a JetBlue flight from JFK Airport to Puerto Rico last month because he was running late and had the plane held for him, DNAinfo New York has learned.
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It is unclear why the mayor was late for the plane, but his NYPD security personnel had to radio the airline security to hold it for him, sources said.
Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
For Mayor Bill de Blasio, on a daylong tour of Washington on Wednesday, no topic seemed too big to tackle. “I think,” the mayor mused during a morning appearance here, “the American dream has ceased to function for a lot of families.”
Eleven months into his term as New York City’s mayor, Mr. de Blasio has no dearth of headaches at home: bumpy poll numbers, the departure of a key aide under a cloud of personal problems, and a tendency toward tardiness that led him to miss the most important moment of a memorial service last week for victims of a plane crash.
But the mayor on display here on Wednesday looked unruffled by his recent troubles — and undeterred in his efforts to raise his national profile as a lodestar of the left.
Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor Bill de Blasio turned up 30 minutes late for an NYPD boat waiting to take him from Gracie Mansion to the Rockaways for last week’s solemn ceremony to remember the victims of Flight 587, DNAinfo New York has learned.
The mayor was scheduled to embark at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday and the boat had been in place for half-an-hour before that, sources said. But he didn’t get to the boat until 8:35 a.m.
De Blasio’s press aides initially blamed the delay on “heavy fog,” which they said made the normally 35-minute trip take 50 minutes.
But sources said the fog had virtually no impact on the trip.
“The fog played a minimal, if any, role,” a law enforcement source said.
After he’s done being “repulsed” maybe the mayor can also explain who or what is actually being “smeared,” versus simply reported on, and not because she’s an “adviser” but rather because she’s in the high profile position of getting paid $170,000 to be the chief of staff to his wife, hardly a typical “public servant”:
Posted: November 17th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
We’ve seen this — we saw this in the 1950s, we’ve seen this throughout the history of this country. If someone wants to smear people, and use that for political purposes, there’s a pretty easy playbook for doing it. It’s repulsive, but it’s become quite common. The idea is that for those of us who have a sense of mission, we’re not going to let it stop us. So, character assassination happens every day in public life. What’s sad is when it goes beyond the boundaries of the public servant, and starts to be something that could include anyone they ever met — any family member, anyone they’re romantically involved with, their children.
Because the best way to take an embarrassing story and make it an embarrassing story that stretches out over several news cycles is to have your staff ask memorial organizers to postpone time:
Posted: November 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
“Rude.” “Disrespectful.” “Insulting.”
Those were words used by various voters to describe Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tardiness at Wednesday’s memorial ceremony for Flight 587.
On Thursday night, one of the victims’ family members told CBS2’s Marcia Kramer a new one — chutzpah.
“They asked us to delay the moment of silence to wait until the mayor got there,” [a family member] said.
It was an explosive charge about the mayor’s failure to show up on time for a memorial service commemorating the 13th anniversary of the crash of the American Airlines flight.
[The family member], who lost five family members in the crash, refused. She rang the bell starting the moment of silence at precisely 9:16 a.m., the exact moment of the crash.
“They kept telling us, ‘Wait, he’s coming. He’s coming,’ and I said, no, we’re not waiting. We’re not going to wait for him for a moment of silence. It happened at a certain time. That’s the time that we have to toll the bells,” [the family member] said.
Somehow when he fesses up, it ends up sounding even worse:
A chronically tardy Mayor de Blasio infuriated the loved ones of American Airlines Flight 587 victims by arriving 20 minutes late for a memorial ceremony on Wednesday — and blaming it on a bad night’s sleep.
“I had a very rough night and woke up sluggish. And I should have gotten myself moving quicker,” he told reporters in the afternoon. “Just woke up in the middle of the night, couldn’t get back to sleep and felt really sluggish and off-kilter this morning.”
And the kicker (at 1:25):
“Mayor Bloomberg never would have done this. Mayor Bloomberg was always here on time.”
Hopefully he wasn’t up late gloating over how he essentially won a glorified primary back in 2013, because that really is a bad look . . .Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Habitually tardy Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived so late to the 13th anniversary ceremony of the crash of Flight 587 that he missed a bell ringing marking the exact time of the tragedy.
And in a bizarre twist, the mayor blamed being 20 minutes late on his boat being stuck in the dense fog that rolled over the city Wednesday morning.
“Mayor de Blasio traveled to the ceremony by boat this morning and the boat was delayed due to heavy fog,” a statement from the mayor’s office said. “The Mayor regrets missing the tolling of the bell, but was glad to have an opportunity to mark this solemn day with the families of those lost on Flight 587, who have the continued support of this administration.”
No word on whether any of the family members got a hug from the mayor . . .Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
It’s Big Thinking, That’s True, But Thinking Big Is What We New Yorkers Have Done Throughout Our History
Posted: October 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Politicians love ribbon-cutting ceremonies, so they cook up schemes for capital improvements like the 35-community-parks initiative. But New York City has nearly 2,000 parks, and their maintenance isn’t glamorous — it’s hard to summon the news media to show clean public toilets or pulled weeds — and the Parks Department sorely lacks enough full-time gardeners, plumbers and security guards.
That’s something that the mayor needs to address. Instead, he used the community parks announcement to score cheap political points, which critics rightly jumped on.
The mayor chastised his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, for favoring marquee parks and ignoring ones in underserved neighborhoods, prompting Veronica White, a former parks commissioner under Mr. Bloomberg, to note that the Bloomberg administration poured $5 billion in capital investments into parks, most of which were in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Mr. Bloomberg also added 850 acres of parkland to the five boroughs, she pointed out.
And it was Mr. Bloomberg who, before leaving office, set aside $80 million of the $130 million in Mayor de Blasio’s plan for those same neighborhood parks.
Posted: October 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
The mayor is meddling with the content produced by NYC TV, the city’s official television network, an insider told The Post, treating the taxpayer-funded station like a campaign arm and insisting it feature his friends.
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“It’s all mayor,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who wants other officials and professionals to have input. “Nobody pays any attention to this. There’s no real oversight. They can kind of do what they want.”
Bloomberg also used the programming to promote his leadership, but de Blasio treats it like a campaign ad, the source claimed.
“He milks it like crazy,” the insider said. “It seems like he’s still running.”
Re-election strategy revealed — given enough time, people will forget all the stupid shit you do and vote for you anyway:
Posted: October 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mr. de Blasio has been eager to shift attention away from Ms. Noerdlinger’s personal issues, rebuking reporters for inquiring about the matter. His aides say they are convinced that interest in the issue will fade and be forgotten by the time Mr. de Blasio faces re-election in 2017.
Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In a brief speech at the police lunch, an unfazed de Blasio played up his Italian heritage, which he shared with many in the crowd.
“I am so appreciative for what you do to represent the Italian-American community. . . . This is what our great-grandparents, our grandparents dreamed of,” he said.
But his attempt at building bridges wasn’t all that successful.
When he asked who agreed with him that the NYPD was the “finest police force anywhere,” he was met with only halfhearted hurrahs — no one stood up, whooped or hollered in agreement.
The biggest applause came when de Blasio singled out Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito, a former NYPD chief of department.
In contrast, the crowd clapped only minimally for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when de Blasio called out his name.
The enthusiasm for Esposito wasn’t lost on de Blasio.
“It’s good to see people didn’t forget Joe Esposito,” he said dryly.
It’s come to this: a Cathie Black equivalency:
Posted: October 9th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
“Case closed,” the mayor said this week, adopting the move-it-along-folks attitude that has quickly become a de Blasio signature during his first nine months in office.
It is not unusual for mayors to want irritating story lines to go away. But the Noerdlinger episode has fueled a broader question about Mr. de Blasio and the values of his young administration: how a onetime champion of transparency and accountability can square those ideals with the newfound power — and frustrations — of his office.
As a candidate, Mr. de Blasio pledged an ask-me-anything era at City Hall, promoting himself as a different, friendlier breed of political leader. And as public advocate, he frequently assailed former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for standing by senior aides, such as the former schools chief Cathleen P. Black, who had found themselves under fire.
Now, experiencing some of the same difficulties faced by his predecessors, Mr. de Blasio is responding with the same sort of peevishness and obfuscation he once bemoaned.
I know just what you’re saying, so please stop explaining. Don’t tell me cause it hurts:
Posted: October 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
“He’s not just a talker,” the mother of a prekindergarten child says of Mr. de Blasio, peering into the camera. “He takes action.”
And it hit inboxes on the same morning that thousands of charter school supporters held a rally, promoted by Eva S. Moskowitz — an antagonist of Mr. de Blasio’s who has acknowledged thinking about running for mayor in 2017 herself.
But the video, sent in an email on Thursday from a City Hall address, under the city seal, to a list of Mr. de Blasio’s campaign supporters, among others, raised questions among legal experts and good-government groups about whether it was an appropriate form of official communication.
Posted: September 25th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
A senior advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio is in a serious relationship with a convicted killer and interstate drug trafficker whose most recent run-in with the law happened late last year — when he nearly ran over a New Jersey police officer while driving her car, records show.
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When contacted about their relationship and McFarlan’s comments, the mayor’s office backed Noerdlinger as a key aide to the administration, but said it did not tolerate derogatory comments about police.
“No one at City Hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel,” said de Blasio spokeswoman Rebecca Katz. “Rachel is her own person. She is a strong, independent woman who possesses a core set of values and beliefs that align with this administration.”
Because if there’s one thing voters value, it’s courageously traveling abroad to raise your international profile and speak platitudes to foreign audiences:
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, a virtual unknown not so long ago, is now determined to cultivate a profile on the international stage. And Wednesday brought his biggest foreign splash yet, a trans-Atlantic trip to Manchester, England, where Mr. de Blasio urged Labour Party leaders to adopt his theme of income inequality as they seek to retake 10 Downing Street next year.
Swapping out garbage pickup in Queens for the rarefied air of European politics can be a delicate balance for a mayor, barely nine months into the job, trying to run a city whose social problems are far from solved. Mr. de Blasio’s advisers say he remains focused on municipal matters above all else.
That you can accomplish all this while keeping a deft handle on things back home is even more inspiring:
Posted: September 25th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
A week after Hizzoner dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Feb. 2, the winter-weather prognosticator died of internal injuries — and then the coverup began, The Post has learned.
Staten Island Zoo officials went to great lengths to hide the death from the public and keep secret the fact that “Chuck” was actually “Charlotte,” a female imposter, sources said Wednesday.
The stand-in was found dead in her enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 9 — and a necropsy determined she died from “acute internal injuries,” sources said.
She had fallen nearly 6-feet when the mayor lost his grip during the Groundhog Day photo-op. Sources said her injuries were consistent with a fall.
Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
On housing policy, where Mr. de Blasio has spoken of a significant break from the Bloomberg years, the new administration has also strained to identify differences on some projects. At a groundbreaking in April for the first phase of an affordable housing development in East New York, Brooklyn, Mr. de Blasio said he planned to count 278 units from the complex, negotiated under Mr. Bloomberg, toward his goal of 200,000 affordable units in 10 years.
“The things that we put our hands on and help to achieve, we are counting,” Mr. de Blasio said then.
Asked at the same event whether there were significant differences between the terms negotiated at the complex by the last administration and the final plan, Mr. de Blasio’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, said no.
Posted: August 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor Bill de Blasio, irate after a police union president called on national Democrats to keep the 2016 Democratic National Convention out of Brooklyn, quickly ordered aides to contact elected officials to denounce the union leader’s open letter, sources say.
Once Mr. de Blasio told reporters yesterday afternoon that a letter penned by Edward Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, was “irresponsible” and “fear-mongering,” aides to the mayor harangued local elected officials to prepare statements blasting Mr. Mullins’ letter, which ran in the New York Post and New York Times. The effort was meant to show the public that the city’s political establishment–including elected officials supportive of cops–was firmly in Mr. de Blasio’s corner.
Mr. de Blasio’s branding as a “progressive” is fiercely guarded by his public-relations team, who on Tuesday strongly rejected any suggestion that the mayor had drifted from the principles he ran on. Which is to say, not to worry because he’s definitely protecting school bus driver seniority:
Posted: August 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In February 2013, Mr. de Blasio and the other Democrats running for mayor that year sent a letter to Michael Cordiello, the union president, urging him to end the strike but promising, if elected, to “revisit” the contracts and “take effective action to insure that the important job security, wages and benefits of your members are protected.”
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The administration tried to get the State Legislature to pass a bill that would require employee protection provisions in future school bus contracts, but it ran out of time at the end of this year’s legislative session. So it turned to a short-term solution: paying the bus companies extra to supplement the salaries of employees who took cuts under the new contracts, restoring their salaries to their previous levels. (They will not get retroactive pay.)
Also, the city has TransitChek — it wouldn’t be that hard to just get a monthly pass. They could even make a video about it, like they did with composting. That still wouldn’t answer who will drive you around Italy, but it’s at least something:
Posted: August 15th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regularly doesn’t pay for subway rides when he is conducting government business — contrary to what his office said earlier this week — and he takes personal out-of-state trips at the expense of taxpayers, aides said.
Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat who previously served as the city’s top government watchdog, allows the taxpayers to pay for nongovernment trips outside the five boroughs, a practice other elected officials with police protection decided is improper.
The mayor’s aides said Mr. de Blasio wouldn’t reimburse the city for taxpayer-funded costs such as fuel, though other politicians do.
Marti Adams, the mayor’s first deputy press secretary, said she erred this week when she told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. de Blasio pays for his subway rides and that it was an “exceptional case” on Tuesday when the Journal observed the mayor entering the subway without paying.
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The mayor’s staff told the public that Mr. de Blasio paid for his trip to Italy, but Ms. Adams confirmed that a chauffeured white Mercedes-Benz that transported the family all over Italy was paid for by the taxpayers. She declined to provide the cost of that car.
Ms. Adams signaled that Mr. de Blasio’s stance on travel-payment issues is developing. She said the mayor “recently clarified” with his office’s legal counsel whether he should be paying for his commute since moving to taxpayer-funded Gracie Mansion.
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Betsy Gotbaum, who preceded Mr. de Blasio as public advocate, said she reimbursed the city for nongovernment use of her city vehicle. “The mayor should pay for anything that isn’t work related,” she said.
Ms. Gotbaum said she also paid for her subway rides, even when those trips were related to city business. She said she believes Mr. de Blasio should pay for all of his subway rides, no matter the purpose.
“He is an example, and I think he makes enough to pay,” she said, referring to Mr. de Blasio, who is paid $225,000 annually. “It’s better for his image and the city’s image if he pays. People watching, seeing the cops swipe him through — it’s not a great image.”
A number of elected officials — Ms. Gotbaum, Christine Quinn, a former City Council speaker, and Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, for example — reimbursed the city for thousands of dollars for nonwork-related trips they took in their city vehicles. Ms. Quinn also usually paid for her subway rides, no matter their purpose, an aide said.
Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mr. de Blasio had hoped for a healing moment last Thursday at City Hall, gathering police officials, clergy members and social activists to show that New Yorkers could unite after a black Staten Island man’s death in police custody. But the event quickly turned into a spectacle.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, unaware he would be asked to share the stage with William J. Bratton, the police commissioner, delivered a provocative attack on law enforcement as Mr. Bratton sat stone-faced, inches away. With Mr. Sharpton to his left and Mr. Bratton to his right, Mr. de Blasio sounded more moderator than mayor, trying to mollify both.
It hasn’t worked. By Wednesday, as police unions threatened a slowdown, Mr. Sharpton and scores of liberal activists were making plans to ratchet up pressure on City Hall, hoping to force an end to the so-called broken-windows approach to policing — cracking down on little crimes to deter bigger ones — that Mr. Bratton pioneered and that Mr. de Blasio has so far defended. “We really need to step up on this,” Mr. Sharpton told the group, recommending a march this month across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Now, Mr. de Blasio is turning to his closest advisers, including the strategists who guided his mayoral campaign and crystallized his position against stop-and-frisk tactics, to help him better communicate his message.
“We don’t want to give the wrong answer,” said Rachel Noerdlinger, who like other City Hall aides interviewed for this article said the mayor was carefully trying to articulate a path toward improved relations between the police and the community.
Posted: July 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor de Blasio and other officials denouncing “poor door” entrances for subsidized tenants in luxury buildings actually voted in favor of a measure that made such separation possible, a Post review found.
When the lengthy text of a zoning resolution was amended by the City Council in July 2009, then-Councilman Bill de Blasio — who arrived late to the meeting — was among the majority who voted “aye.”
One provision said developers of market-rate condos could include affordable units on site, instead of off-site, while allowing for the separation of a number of services that included the entrances.
But de Blasio’s vote didn’t stop City Hall officials last week from putting the blame for the controversial Extell Development project at 40 Riverside Blvd. — which will have separate entrance for subsidized tenants — solely on former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s team.
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Among the other elected officials who voted in favor of the 2009 zoning changes are current Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Public Advocate Letitia James.
The two were among those who took part in a press conference on the steps of City Hall this past Friday condemning the prior administration for signing off on the project.
I get “broad,” but by “progressive,” they mean . . . whatever they say it means, because clearly it doesn’t mean very much:
Posted: July 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
School bus operators who need Mayor Bill de Blasio’s help to retain lucrative city contracts contributed nearly $40,000 to a mayoral nonprofit — but took steps to hide the donations from public view, a Post review found.
The school bus owners were among a number of special-interest groups that helped de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York raise $1.7 million in the first six months of 2014. But, unlike the yellow-cab firms and the teachers union, the bus owners tried to mask their involvement.
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“The Campaign for One New York is supported by individuals, foundations and organizations committed to expanding early education and to the mayor’s broad progressive agenda,’ said co-founder Jonathan Rosen.
Posted: July 16th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Public Advocate Letitia James has directed lawyers on her staff to research what executive powers she might have when Mayor de Blasio is on vacation in Italy, a top aide said Tuesday.
The focus of the review is what would happen once the mayor is away for nine days–the trigger under the city Charter that bestows certain executive authority to the public advocate.
Mr. de Blasio, who has called himself a strong proponent of transparency, did not disclose the event on his schedule, and has not mentioned it since.
But one New York City vendor subsequently posted a picture of himself on his company’s website talking with the mayor at the chummy event, which was sponsored by one of the city’s biggest lobbying firms and held at the Friars Club in Manhattan.
Asked about the photo, the vendor declined to discuss it with a reporter; it was taken off the website.
But the mayor’s appearance at the June 10 fund-raiser provides a rare glimpse at Mr. de Blasio’s political operation as it continues to take shape outside the confines of City Hall. Created by his campaign strategists to promote his plans for universal prekindergarten, the lobbying entity, initially called UPKNYC but renamed the Campaign for One New York, has begun branching out to advocate other aspects of the mayor’s agenda.
Also, it’s worth wondering why a dude elected with 72 percent of the vote somehow needs a dedicated lobbying arm supporting him.Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Posted: July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
[. . .] This month he will embark on a nearly 10-day tour of Italy, the lengthiest out-of-town trip by a New York City mayor in more than 25 years.
The trip will cover two coasts, from Rome to Naples to Venice, and include visits to the ancestral villages of the mayor’s maternal grandparents, in what his aides described as a chance for Mr. de Blasio’s family to learn more about its heritage.
But the mayor’s wife and children will be joined by other important people in his life: his press secretary and his chief of staff, who will accompany Mr. de Blasio, along with a third City Hall aide, to formal meetings with top Italian officials to swap notes about the art of running cities. Mr. de Blasio is paying for himself and his family; the city will pick up the bill for his aides’ airfare and some of their accommodations.
Italy, rarely cited as a model for efficient government, may be an unusual choice for a New York mayor’s first official international trip. But it is of a piece with an administration that proudly blends the personal with the political.
The Italian media have embraced Mr. de Blasio as a symbol of Italian-American achievement and pride, and leaders of the towns he plans to visit are preparing elaborate receptions. When Mr. de Blasio was elected last fall, some of his distant Italian relatives watched the returns on streaming video.
Mr. de Blasio’s team is scheduling public events with the mayors of Rome and Naples, part of the reason other City Hall officials will be traveling with him. (His police security detail will also make the trip.) The mayor’s office declined on Friday to provide an estimated cost of the expenses associated with the intercontinental travel.
Among Other Things, Leadership Is About Clear Expectations, Straightforward Messaging And Setting Priorities
And sometimes dissembling to the point of incoherence:
Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor Bill de Blasio, an ally of Thompson who today called Bratton the “finest police commissioner in the world,” said he agreed with both of their positions.
“I think it’s important to understand the specifics here and I think have not been necessarily portrayed accurately in the public discourse,” de Blasio said when asked about the new marijuana prosecution policy in Brooklyn, his home borough. The mayor repeatedly referred to officers having “discretion” when encountering members of the public, which, he said, was applicable to this issue.
“What I think District Attorney Thompson is trying to achieve is to try and make sure that our energies go to serious crime and to not focus on the most minor offenses,” de Blasio said. “But to make sure at all times and I think he’s been quite explicit about this, that there is full officer discretion. In the end, in each moment where a police office encounters a citizen is individual and officers must use their discretion. And there is absolute consistency in the district attorney’s position.”