Here’s Bill de Blasio, joined by two Manhattan district attorney candidates, Richard Aborn and Cy Vance, during a press conference outlining changes to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, including giving the Board an independent revenue stream and authority to initiative investigations.
The other Manhattan D.D. candidate, Leslie Crocker Snyder, did not attend the event.
De Blasio said the number complaints made to the board has risen while funding for it has been cut, and that currently, and that the NYPD has an inherent interest in keeping the number low.
At the event on the City Hall steps, de Blasio said he was “inside” City Hall when the board was created, referring to his time as an aide for Mayor David Dinkins. But, de Blasio said at today’s event, the legislation back then did not go far enough because the board was not made sufficiently independent.
The changes proposed today would enable the city to “rededicate ourselves to getting it right,” de Blasio said.
One piece of legislation, introduced by Dan Garodnick, would enable the agency to prosecute cases of misconduct.
Another piece of legislation, introduced by de Blasio, would guarantee that the board, along with the public advocate and comptroller’s offices, have independent funding streams that could not be lowered by the mayor or City Council (the way the public advocate’s office is slated to be cut next year).
A spokesman for the CCRB said the agency is completely independent of the NYPD, and declined to comment on de Blasio’s proposals.