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  • De Blasio Defends Involvement in National Progressive Agenda

    05/19/2015 7:09:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 19, 2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    VIDEO: De Blasio defends working on national issues away from NYC Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his involvement in national issues with the progressive agenda to combat income equality amid criticism of spending too much time outside of the city. De Blasio also said he agrees “entirely” with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on trade. “I think it’s obvious the issues that we’re talking about here have a huge impact on the people of New York City and when you think about what’s happening in our city – 46 percent of the people of our city at...
  • NYPD Commissioner Considering Granting Amnesty To 1.2 Million Low-Level Offenders

    05/18/2015 11:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | May 18, 2015
    Wary Of Police-Community Relations, City Council Says Idea Deserves Consideration.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is behind a controversial proposal to grant amnesty to more than 1 million people with open warrants for low-level offenses. But some experts worry it could cause crime to skyrocket. First he called for reduced penalties for smoking marijuana. Now, Bratton wants to explore granting amnesty to 1.2 million city residents with open warrants for low-level offenses, people who run the risk of being arrested for failing to resolve tickets for drinking in public, disorderly conduct and the like, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday. There is one...
  • The chaos of a de Blasio presidency

    05/18/2015 2:05:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    I see a future of sky-high taxes and very tall ceilings. Of a chicken in every pot and a pot plant in every planter. Fat cats would be incarcerated en masse for the criminal possession of money. And thugs who shoot, maim and steal would be reclassified as victims of wage inequality, in need of high-paying jobs, welfare benefits, affordable housing, therapy, hugs or deep-tissue massages. Cops would replace their badges and aggressive blue uniforms with soothing earth-tone windbreakers and espadrilles, and trade in their guns for thick-skinned yellow fruit. Bananas donÂ’t kill people. People kill people. And with burger-flippers...
  • Authorities: Group Of Teen Subway Vandals Could Pose Serious Threat To Straphanger Safety (NYC)

    05/12/2015 11:19:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | May 11, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A rogue group of subway vandals calling them the ‘Subway Conquestors’ is allegedly on a mission to attack the rail system. As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, they can be seen in video footage sneaking into deserted stations at Canal and Bergen streets, and an underground construction zone at Ninth Avenue. Police sources believe they were responsible for an explosion in the Bronx, and have been linked to one at Brooklyn’s Nostrand Avenue station in April. In the Nostrand Avenue incident, police arrested Keyshawn Brown, 16, and accused him of placing a piece of metal on the tracks. “There are plenty...
  • De Blasio splits town as violent crime soars

    05/12/2015 1:51:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/11/15 | Aaron Short, Yoav Gonen and Michael Gartland
    He’s on the road again. As violent crime soars in the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio has far more pressing matters to deal with — touting his progressive agenda in two more out-of-state locales. Hizzoner will be heading off Tuesday for his 11th trip outside New York in the last 12 months to address national or international issues. After speaking in three Midwestern states last month on income inequality, de Blasio is headed to DC to unveil details of his progressive agenda.
  • Does NYC mayor, now a national figure, risk trouble at home?

    05/10/2015 10:06:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2015 11:53 AM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political vision—and his political travels—have increasingly reached far beyond the borders of New York City. […] It is commonplace for New York City mayors to become national figures, but some experts believe that de Blasio—not even 18 months into his first term—is risking being perceived as someone who has forgotten about his home. A poll last week showed that fewer than half of New Yorkers believe the city is moving in the right direction. “He’s entering a path that can be dangerous for big-city mayors,” said Kenneth Sherrill, a retired political science professor at Hunter College....
  • De Blasio’s National “Contract With America” Strategy Leaks

    05/09/2015 4:10:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Everyone from Susan Sarandon to Van Jones is helping draft and push de Blasio’s new “Contract with America,” which will push for paid sick leave and free, universal pre-K.First New York City. Then America. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to Washington, D.C. next week to present a progressive “Contract with America,” a 13-point agenda intended to push the Democratic Party leftward. According to a draft of the document provided to The Daily Beast by someone asked to join the effort, de Blasio will call for a number of measures for which he has already pushed in...
  • De Blasio tells Rolling Stone New Yorkers don't appreciate him

    05/09/2015 12:07:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    reuters ^ | May 7, 2015
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers don't appreciate his "very special" accomplishments since he took office in January 2014, and criticized the actions of his predecessors and even President Barack Obama, according to a Rolling Stone interview. De Blasio, who has fulfilled a campaign promise to establish universal pre-Kindergarten education and is pressing forward with other reform programs, was quoted as saying out-of-towners see his administration' more clearly than his own constituents.
  • Ex-FDNY commissioner: ‘De Blasio is a disaster’

    05/08/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, you have a life-and-death problem. “This guy de Blasio is a disaster,’’ Thomas Von Essen, the former New York City fire commissioner, told me. Von Essen presided over New York’s Bravest on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 innocents, including 343 valiant souls under his command. “I already gave this city my husband. I’m not going to give it my son,’’ a woman who lost her firefighter husband on 9/11, and whose son followed in his dad’s footsteps by joining the Fire Department, told me. She asked to remain anonymous so as...
  • De Blasio Feels Under Appreciated in NYC (barf)

    05/07/2015 2:00:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    WOR 710 AM ^ | Thursday, May 7th 2015 @ 6am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is feeling unappreciated. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, he suggests that many of his accomplishments are being overlooked because of the day-to-day news cycle. “A lot of people outside New York City understand what happened in the first year of New York City better than people in New York City,” de Blasio said. …
  • De Blasio Lauds Comcast’s Withdrawal Of Time Warner Takeover Bid

    04/24/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    SNIP Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was glad the merger didn’t go through. “Comcast’s withdrawal of its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable is good for the American consumer and it shows that our regulatory and legal system work,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We need more competition to bring down prices and ensure a democratic internet for all. The merger would have further concentrated market power in the cable and broadband sectors and created even greater barriers to the City’s goals of universal, affordable high-speed Internet access.” One of the concerns consumer advocates and competitors had...
  • By Not Endorsing Hillary, De Blasio 'Maybe Playing More Dangerous Game Than He Realizes'

    04/22/2015 3:04:06 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Serious question: what did Mark Halperin mean when he said that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio "may be playing a more dangerous game than he realizes" by refusing so far to endorse Hillary? On today's With All Due Respect, Halperin prefaced his ominous observation by saying that there is "furor in Hillary Clinton's camp" over the matter. De Blasio's omission certainly is striking, considering that he was Hillary's campaign manager when she ran for Senate from New York. View the video here.
  • Report: NYC Mayor De Blasio wants to be drafted into an anti-Hillary presidential campaign

    04/20/2015 10:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and appeared to call into question her progressive bona fides, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Though he served as Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign manager in 2000, de Blasio has been clear that he does not believe that the former secretary of state was pulled sufficiently to the left over the course of the Obama presidency. “The Democrat should be willing to challenge the status quo,” de Blasio in November of last year in the context of Clinton’s efforts to recast herself a progressive populist...
  • De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

    04/20/2015 7:02:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    nypost.co, ^ | April 20, 2015 | Fredric U. Dicker
    Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post. De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “Draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40...
  • De Blasio sets sights on presidential draft candidacy vs. Hillary

    04/19/2015 10:31:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 20, 2015 | Fredric U. Dicker
    Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post. De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years...
  • De Blasio Shuns Hillary: "This Is a Different Country We’re Living in Right Now"

    04/15/2015 4:18:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 15, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio once again refused to endorse his former boss, Hillary Clinton, in remarks today. "This is a different country we’re living in right now, and I think we need to hear a vision that relates to this tim," de Blasio said.
  • D.C., parts of Md., Va., join de Blasio to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants

    04/06/2015 9:32:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Alexandria, the District of Columbia and Montgomery County joined New York City and dozens of other municipalities across the country Monday in demanding a court allow President Obama’s deportation amnesty to go into effect immediately, saying they want the tax revenue they think the newly legalized workers would bring. A federal court in Texas halted the amnesty, ruling that Mr. Obama likely broke the law in declaring it, but the local officials,...
  • Will New York City Give Non-Citizens the Right to Vote?

    04/06/2015 7:10:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2015 | John Fund
    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval ratings have slipped below 50 percent, making it possible he could face a serious primary challenge in 2017. But New York’s pro–de Blasio city council may have found a way to stop that cold: A majority of the council supports giving more than 1 million non-citizens full rights to vote in local elections. That’s one in five adult New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio’s approval ratings are much higher among minorities than with whites, who oppose him by a two-to-one margin. Giving non-citizens — most of whom are minorities — the vote could...
  • ('national hero') De Blasio Dips Toe Into Presidential Politics With Meeting of Liberals

    04/05/2015 11:02:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    DNA info ^ | 4/03/15 | Jeff Mays
    Pic - Mayor Bill de Blasio, at Gracie Mansion with First Lady Chirlane McCray, activist Van Jones, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, plans to dip his toe into presidential politics with the launch of a push for income inequality to become a central issue of the 2016 national elections. "All of this is focused on the notion that we are not having a discussion on income inequality in this country and we are not having that discussion at our peril." GRACIE MANSION — Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supporters describe as a "national hero" among progressives, has dipped his his...
  • De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

    03/29/2015 1:43:51 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | unknown
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday. Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar. “We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina.
  • Once again Comrade de Blasio reminds us of why Democrats must never be allowed to rule us

    03/26/2015 8:34:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In the bad old days of New York City, the mob would decide the price of erecting a building regardless of who was planning to do it. Years after the construction of One Police Plaza, the City’s Police Headquarters, when the ceiling of the main floor started to fall down an investigation found that the mob had sold the city substandard concrete. They didn’t care who they ripped off. Hard work led by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani broke the grip of the mob on New York’s construction industry and for years afterward construction boomed because of the reduced costs of...
  • Lynch Mob Mayhem in Ferguson

    03/13/2015 2:29:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/13/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Two police officers shot — and a manhunt is underway. Shortly after midnight Thursday morning, two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department. A 41-year -old officer from the St. Louis Police Department was shot in the shoulder, with the bullet exiting through his back. A 32-year-old officer officer from the Webster Groves Police Department was shot just below the right eye with the bullet lodging in his ear. “We could have buried two police officers next week over this,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. Police believe the shots came from a handgun...
  • The de Blasios are the first family of feminism [Hurl Alert]

    03/11/2015 12:26:01 AM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 10 2015 | Kathleen Culliton
    <p>The de Blasio family is full of feminists, including Hizzoner and son Dante, First Lady Chirlane McCray said on Sunday.</p> <p>McCray, speaking at an event outside the UN for International Women’s Day, called her husband “a true believer when it comes to women having power.</p>
  • Welfare rolls increasing, even as economy improves (De Blasio ‘Worst mayor ever!')

    03/08/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/08/15 | Gary Buiso
    **SNIP** “If government dependence on welfare is rising in a good economy, what’s going to happen in a bad economy?” wondered study author Stephen Eide, who said the trend was antithetical to data dating back to around 1960. The surprising uptick, reformers say, is partly by design. De Blasio’s pick to head the $10 billion Human Resources Administration, Steven Banks, is a proponent of loosening welfare restrictions. With Banks at the helm, the HRA launched a series of sweeping changes in its state-approved Biennial Employment Plan, including changing requirements for welfare recipients with kids younger than 4 years old. Recipients...
  • De Blasio Defends Hillary: She’s ‘a Person of Extraordinary Integrity’

    03/07/2015 7:21:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Mayor Bill de Blasio (Communist Progressive – NYC) is rushing to the defense of his former employer, Hillary Clinton, who is in hot water for violating Federal requirements that official email correspondence be conducted on government servers. After all, birds of a crony-progressive feather should always flock together.At issue is Hillary’s somewhat Bond-villain decision to build her own email server in her lair in Chappaqua, rather than bother with those pesky government servers. And to a certain extent, can you blame her? I mean heck, there is a reason healthcare.gov wasn’t exactly a rousing success. Can you imagine those same folks...
  • Mayor to NYC business leaders: Start pay at $13 an hour

    03/05/2015 10:06:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2015 12:11 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality and empowering the less fortunate, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers’ starting pay to $13 an hour. The liberal mayor made his call in front of a group that broadly supported his predecessor, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, and at times had been skeptical of de Blasio’s agenda: a gathering of the well-heeled and powerful known as The Association for a Better New York. “I want to call on you, the business leaders gathered in this room, to do your part,” the mayor, a...
  • De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

    03/04/2015 8:09:54 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 03/04/2015 | CBS New York
    New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday. Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar. “We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina. De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school....
  • NYC Schools Adding 2 Muslim Holidays to Calendar

    03/04/2015 7:47:33 AM PST · by thefactor · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | Yaron Steinbuch
    New York City schools will add two Muslim holidays to the calendar this year, Mayor de Blasio is announcing Wednesday.“Today we’ll announce the addition of Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to @NYCSchools holiday schedule, a change that respects the diversity of our city,” Hizzoner tweeted.
  • NYC Cabbie Tells Jewish Passenger 'All Jews Must Die'

    02/24/2015 2:45:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    inn ^ | 2/24/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Another anti-Semitic cab driver has been unearthed in the Big Apple, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday, after one cabbie told a 51 year-old Jewish woman that "all Jews must die." On Sunday morning, Jewish news columnist Baila Sebrow hailed a cab from Manhattan's Carlton Hotel - but when she entered the cab, she was instantly asked whether she was Jewish. After answering in the affirmative, Sebrow was told that "all Jews must die," and the driver then began driving "really fast" - so much so that she was afraid he would total the car, she stated. Sebrow, terrified,...
  • Cops instructed to ‘close eyes’ during tense situations

    02/23/2015 7:30:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 44 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2015 | Larry Celona and Bruce Golding
    Cops should “take a deep breath’’ — and close their eyes — when dealing with angry people, according to the NYPD’s new “retraining’’ program. The potentially dangerous advice is part of a $35 million “smart policing’’ primer by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton that most of the cops who have gone through it say is completely useless. One cop who sat through two full-day programs called them “not realistic’’ and “pretty silly.” At one point during the lectures, the cop said, those in attendance were given breathing exercises to learn how to calm down — even...
  • The Mayor Who Slandered the Police

    01/31/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | 9 Feb 2015 | Heather MacDonald
    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is “comfortable” with himself. So the city learned during the biggest crisis to hit a New York mayoralty in recent memory. “I’m comfortable with the fact that I’ve always tried to tell the truth and stay true to my values,” de Blasio said in mid January, as police officers across New York City continued a work slowdown that had brought discretionary police activity to a virtual standstill. De Blasio’s breezy self-assurance was revealing but unfortunate, since it was his belief in his own mission as social-justice truth-teller that had pushed the police into...
  • There Is Basically No Snow In New York — But, Absurdly, The Entire City Is Shut Down

    01/27/2015 8:31:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2015 | HENRY BLODGET
    I haven't seen official snowfall totals yet, but judging from a glance out the window, it looks as if New York City might have gotten about 6 inches Monday night. Meanwhile, the entire city is shut down. Schools, government, public transportation, private transportation, and — by virtue of the lack of transportation — most offices and businesses. It's just absurd. I've lived in New York for almost my whole life — 48 years and counting. I have seen the city weather many actually large snowstorms, including a 26-incher just a few years go. The city stayed open through all of...
  • De Blasio Orders Indefinite Street Shutdown Tonight During Blizzard

    01/27/2015 4:12:11 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 48 replies
    New York Observer (via Drudge) ^ | 1/26/15 | Will Brederman
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this afternoon that he is shutting the city’s streets, schools and parks tonight until further notice as the city braces for a blizzard of historic proportions. (SNIP) Alternate side parking will be suspended through Wednesday, perhaps longer, and there will be no garbage pickups at least through mid-week. The mayor asked that citizens not attempt to clear their cars in the next several days, and not shovel snow into the streets or bury fire hydrants. He also advised that New Yorkers remain indoors throughout the duration of the storm. Non-authorized persons caught driving in non-emergency...
  • Bill de Blasio on Blizzard Bust: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’

    01/27/2015 6:58:11 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 84 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 1-27-2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Bill de Blasio on Blizzard Bust: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ By Jillian Jorgensen | 01/27/15 8:29am After a much-hyped blizzard-that-wasn’t, Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning that he was glad the city had prepared for a worse storm and that New York would be getting back to normal quickly. “We thought we were going to get something much bigger,” Mr. de Blasio told CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo (who happens to be the brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo). Forecasts of two or even three feet of snow led Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo to essentially shut the...
  • Powerful New York politician arrested on bribery charges

    01/22/2015 3:29:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Toshiba ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Hays and David Klepper
    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. The 70-year-old Democrat was taken into custody by the FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was released on $200,000 bail.
  • De Blasio: Sheldon Silver is a ‘man of integrity’

    01/22/2015 12:53:58 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 1/22/15 | By Michael Gartland
    De Blasio: Sheldon Silver is a ‘man of integrity’ By Michael Gartland Mayor de Blasio said Thursday that he knows Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to be a “man of integrity” and rejected calls for him to step down from his leadership post while facing corruption charges. “Although the charges announced today certainly are very serious I want to note that I’ve always known Shelly Silver to be a man of integrity and he certainly has due process rights and I think it’s important that we let the judicial process play out,” the mayor said at City Hall.
  • Experts Say De Blasio’s Relationship With Sharpton May Not Be Good Politics

    01/20/2015 4:11:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 1/20/15
    **SNIP** “It won’t help with the police unions, certainly,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “They don’t like Al Sharpton; never have. They see him as an enemy, and furthermore, they see him as a lawbreaker who owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.” “Politically, it is unfortunate that he seems to want to keep being identified with Sharpton so explicitly, given Sharpton’s reputation out there,” added Doug Muzzio of Baruch College. “So the mayor is, in a sense, being truthful to himself, but that not be the wisest thing politically.” Political experts pointed out that it is unlikely that Mayor...
  • NYC may scrub report on Islamic terrorists to appease mosque “spying” critics

    01/19/2015 5:47:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | January 19, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    As the jihad steps up in intensity and Islamic jihadist Zale Thompson attacked NYPD officers with an axe just weeks ago, de Blasio’s New York may scrub a report on Islamic jihadists because it offends Muslims. De Blasio is setting up New York for much, much more jihad.
  • De Blasio To Deliver MLK Day Remarks At Sharpton Event

    01/18/2015 9:59:46 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/17/2015 | Kerry Picket
    Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio is not distancing himself from Rev. Al Sharpton anytime soon. De Blasio’s office announced on Saturday he will be giving a speech on Monday at the National Action Network’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Policy Forum. The event is taking place in Manhattan.
  • de Blasio Yet to Confirm For Sharpton’s MLK Day Event (WH visits cancelled, too?)

    01/17/2015 7:27:00 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Michael Howard Saul
    NYC Mayor de Blasio has yet to publicly confirm his attendance at Al Sharpton’s annual forum Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day....raising questions about whether the Mayor might distance himself from the reverend. de Blasio faced intense criticism from police union leaders, and hasn’t been seen publicly with Mr. Sharpton, a frequent police critic. Last year, de Blasio announced Rachel Noerdlinger, former Sharpton aide, as chief of staff to Mrs. de Blasio. de Blasio gave his wife total control of the multi-million dollar "Mayor's Fund." Noerdlinger has since left after objections about her live-in--- a man w/...
  • Poll: New Yorkers hate NYPD protests, back de Blasio over police union leader

    01/15/2015 8:35:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    According to statistics obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the NYPD’s operational “slowdown” continues. Though the rates of arrests and citations are beginning to accelerate compared to the week of December 22 to 28 when they were down 90 percent from the year prior, New York City police activity remains relatively low. The reduced police activity is largely seen as a protest in response to the actions of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who angered police when he implied that racism played a role in the death of Eric Garner and the grand jury’s subsequent decision not...
  • [Quinnipiac U] Poll: New Yorkers don’t approve of police rebuffing mayor

    01/15/2015 6:08:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2015 5:59 PM EST | Colleen Long
    Most New Yorkers didn’t approve of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of two officers shot to death in their patrol car, or of the comment by a union leader that the mayor had “blood on his hands,” according to a poll released Thursday. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 69 percent disapproved of the silent protest among police at the funerals of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and 77 percent considered union leader Patrick Lynch’s comment “too extreme.” …
  • NYC Mayor on IDs For Illegals: "Don’t Want Them To Feel Like Second-Class Citizens"

    01/14/2015 1:19:07 PM PST · by Smedley · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 13, 2015 | Penny Starr
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said on Monday that giving identification cards to illegal aliens allows them to feel like citizens and enjoy some of the same benefits as actual citizens. "We don't want any of our fellow New Yorkers to feel like second-class citizens,” de Blasio was quoted as saying in a National Public Radio website article. “We don't want them to feel left out.”
  • De Blasio Is a Lesson New Yorkers Need to Learn

    01/13/2015 8:57:37 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 26 replies
    New York City shouldn’t exist. Its population of waiters waiting to become actors, professors waiting to write bestsellers, muggers waiting to become drug kingpins, welfare cases waiting for American Idol and cyclists waiting to become international humanitarians are the natural constituency of the left. Like every major city in the last fifty years, New York City is caught between a progressive death wish to embrace every single insane policy of the left from midnight basketball for crackheads to a 99 percent tax on everyone who has a job and the common sense competence that keeps it afloat. Every election is...
  • BRATTON: ITS TIME COPS GET BACK TO WORK (Commish all puckered up, on his knees to De Blobbio)

    01/12/2015 4:35:55 AM PST · by Liz · 38 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 1/10/15
    NYC Police Commissioner says cops are in a slowdown. Bratton says he still doesn’t know the root causes, but police brass are taking steps to make sure street cops fall in line. Bratton called in borough commanders....says he fully expects normalcy by next week. He attributed the slowdown partly on cops enforcing recent protests, and working in pairs to ensure their safety after two cops were assassinated by an anti-cop maniac.
  • Bill De Blasio Is a Lesson New Yorkers Need to Learn

    01/12/2015 8:18:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/12/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    New York City shouldn’t exist. Its population of waiters waiting to become actors, professors waiting to write bestsellers, muggers waiting to become drug kingpins, welfare cases waiting for American Idol and cyclists waiting to become international humanitarians are the natural constituency of the left. Like every major city in the last fifty years, New York City is caught between a progressive death wish to embrace every single insane policy of the left from midnight basketball for crackheads to a 99 percent tax on everyone who has a job and the common sense competence that keeps it afloat. Every election is...
  • NY Times: In Police Rift, Mayor de Blasio’s Missteps Included Thinking It Would Pass

    01/12/2015 7:05:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2014 | Michael M. Grynbaum, J. David Goodman and Al Baker
    Not long after Mayor Bill de Blasio sat beside the Rev. Al Sharpton at a July summit meeting on police reform, a political adviser gave the mayor a blunt assessment: You have a problem with the cops. Rank-and-file officers felt disrespected by the mayor, the adviser explained, and were dismayed to see Mr. Sharpton, a longtime critic of the New York Police Department, embraced at City Hall. But Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, rejected the notion that officers disliked him. His message, the adviser later recalled, was clear: Everything was under control. That confidence would last until late last month,...
  • Slowdown has cost city over $46M in lost revenue

    01/12/2015 5:37:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 12, 2015 | Michael Gartland and Leonard Greene
    It’s the high price of the NYPD slowdown. Feuding between cops and City Hall has already cost the city more than $46 million in lost parking-ticket revenue — staggering losses that could take a bite out of critical programs and services, critics charged Sunday. “It’s not a natural disaster — this is man made,” said Glen Bolofsky, president of Parkingticket.com, a ticket-fighting service which crunched the numbers. Because ticket revenue is accounted for in the city’s budget — $518 million a year, according to a November 2014 Office of Management and Budget report — the spectrum of a budgetary shortfall has...
  • De Blasio is leading this city into ruin by not having cops’ back

    01/11/2015 11:47:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Dec. 23 marked a banner day in the Peyser/Phillips household. My daughter, Eliza Phillips, turned Sweet 16. This was an excuse for her parents to enjoy mountains of cake (and a few nips of Scotch.) But it also brought us a sense of extreme anxiety. For soon my kid will choose a career. But like millions of parents, infamously including Mayor de Blasio, this seemed as good a time as any for me to sit my child down and give her “the talk.’’ I warned her — Do not join law enforcement. This makes me sad. Just as de Blasio...
  • Cops and soldiers, and why they’re different

    01/11/2015 10:18:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The War Room ^ | January 10, 2015 | Tom Nichols
    There’s 35,000 of them, but they’re not an army. So, it’s a new year, and we’re already hip-deep in horrors. I can’t even begin to write about the Charlie Hebdo massacre; I’m not an expert on terrorism or on France, and in general I agree with Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor, who’s made a good point recently on Twitter that there are too many of these “what’s it all mean” pieces and all far too soon. Instead, I want to go back to one of the stories we were all arguing about before the Paris massacre: the tension...