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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s legacy, following a stunning interview with Playboy magazine in which the city’s top cop reportedly slams this year’s crop of Democratic mayoral contenders for pandering and agrees with his interviewer that the were “full of shit.”
“I’d have a smile on my face if I were him,” said Mr. Bloomberg, speaking this morning on his weekly radio show with WOR’s John Gambling.
Full Court Press
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have a message to critics of stop-and-frisk: We told you so.
Law & Order
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who has managed to remain popular in the city despite growing frustration with some of the NYPD’s policies, was booed today by students at Brown University.
The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an annual white tie fundraising gala to benefit Catholic Charities USA, and it’s attendance sheet each year is filled with enough important names to make you wonder if the Jews are maybe losing their foothold in this city. Between Mayor Bloomberg, Cardinal Dolan, Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and Police Comissioner Ray Kelly, the event last night at the Waldorf-Astoria was not only a political powerhouse, but one that managed to raise over $3 million.
And lest you think this was a lot of podium guilt-talk, The Dinner had a 16 minute keynote address from Stephen Colbert, which you can listen to below
Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not happy with the field of mayoral candidates–even though many have offered him a job in their hypothetical administrations.
In a national security speech before the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kelly tore into the entire slate of pols who are vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of lacking a coherent public safety vision for the city.
Mayor Bloomberg had previously announced his intention to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s implementation of its controversial stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. Now, Mr. Bloomberg has made it official.
At an unrelated press conference, Mr. Bloomberg described the steps he is preparing to make in the appeals process.
“We have to first file a notice saying that we’re going to do that,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “That will be done certainly by tomorrow, maybe late today or tomorrow. And then there’s some other procedural steps over the next week or so. But the notice that we are appealing is a legal document and that will be filed today or tomorrow.”
A press release from the New York City Law Department clarified what the initial paperwork would look like.
A federal judge has decided that the Police Department’s crime-busting stop-and-frisk policies are unconstitutional. It’s hard to top Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reaction. Justifiably furious, Mr. Bloomberg noted the judge clearly knows nothing about police work.
So true, but why let ignorance stand in the way of ideology?
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