Afternoon Bulletin: Mayor de Blasio Isn’t Intimidated by ISIS

The mayor would not confirm that there were no ISIS affiliates in New York City, but he said residents should not act any differently.

Mayor De Blasio
Mayor de Blasio denied the chance to confirm that no known ISIS affiliates are in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

After Hillary Clinton gave a speech on terrorism on Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio would not confirm that there were no ISIS affiliates in New York City. He stated that it would be inappropriate to talk about details of regular briefings he gets. He also cited the danger of individuals who manage to escape the radar of intelligence gatherers, saying, “We know in the age of lone wolves, there are some things that even the best intelligence services may not be able to detect.  And that’s why we have a critical response command that’s ready to immediately respond to any and all incidents.” (The New York Observer)

Reacting to an ISIS video that displayed Times Square, Mayor de Blasio said that residents should not act any differently than usual and that New York is not afraid of the terrorist group. At a press conference on Wednesday night, the mayor said, “Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated.” A spokesperson for the NYPD said that part of the footage is old, and Police Commissioner William Bratton referred to the video as “hastily produced.” Mr. de Blasio encouraged New Yorkers to be conscious of threats, but not live in fear. (WNYC)

A poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College showed that New Yorkers are not faring well in many areas. The poll revealed that half the residents in New York City say they are “struggling economically.” It also showed that most residents feel uncertain about the generation following them. The poll assessed the differences in the quality of life in New York City’s five boroughs, and it also addressed different problems unique to the boroughs. One thing common to all New Yorkers, though, is stress related to the economy. (The New York Times)

Hoverboards, which are a popular way for kids who have almost $2,000 laying around to whiz from place to place on campus, are going to be no more at Columbia University. The 26th Precinct that encompasses the school announced via Twitter that the scooters will no longer be allowed in the area. And they’re not just cracking down on vehicles that get off the ground—a state law says that vehicles not registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles are are also prohibited. An official said that students who have the devices are “a bunch of snot-nosed, rich college kids.” (New York Post)

City Councilman Stephen Levin said at a hearing that lasted over four hours on Wednesday that potentially demolishing a Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in order to build a luxury condominium is “the most controversial issue that I’ve seen in my district since being elected in 2009.” The issue, which could lead to a new 36-story building, was debated at length on Wednesday. Many constituents testified either for or against the $52 million proposal, a part of which would include Hudson Properties developing a public library on the first floor of a tower located at 280 Cadman Plaza West. The approximate completion date for the project is 2020. (Gothamist)

Afternoon Bulletin: Mayor de Blasio Isn’t Intimidated by ISIS