For a second time, Ray Kelly departs as police commissioner at the end of one mayoral administration with Bill Bratton due to succeed him in the next.
But this handoff of the NYPD baton has a sharply different feel from the 1994 version.
Twenty years ago, Bratton came in under GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s aggressive anti-crime mandate. Kelly had been Democratic Mayor David Dinkins’s commissioner... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he aims to win his fight for a new tax on top earners to fill a money pot for expanded pre-K programs — and intends to do so by April 1, when the new state fiscal year begins.
That’s especially interesting because for months, it has sounded highly unlikely that the governor and Legislature would agree to a new tax in what will be, for them, an election year.... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio charged forward yesterday with his plan to bring universal prekindergarten to New York City, naming six education experts to develop the program, and vowing he will win a fight in Albany to pay for it with higher taxes on the rich.
“I’m not ever going to be interested in bargaining against myself and this vision,” de Blasio said after reading to preschoolers at an... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s first major speech Monday since winning election doubled down on a hallmark of his campaign — that his early education proposals be funded with taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents.
The Democrat called the tax hike “the right path” despite criticism that state legislators would not approve the measure and a suggestion Monday by mentor and former Mayor David... » more
President Barack Obama was one of America’s least influential people last year, according to GQ magazine.
The president came in at No. 17 out of 25 on its list, with GQ’s Drew Magary citing Obama’s inability to work with Republicans in Congress and his flair for speechmaking, calling the president a “very eloquent hat stand.”
“I have spent the majority of this man’s presidency watching... » more
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he is leaving Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a budget that is balanced through mid-2015, and fiscal watchdogs predicted that would give the new administration more flexibility.
Higher-than-expected tax revenue of more than $500 million, plus the sales of city-owned buildings and new taxicab medallions, helped erase a projected $2 billion shortfall for the... » more
Terrorism, anthrax, and Superstorm Sandy — plus blizzards and blackouts — have permanently thrust New York City government into the business of disaster response and planning.
A mayor faces important choices of how to conduct that business — options that go beyond picking police, fire and health commissioners. Emergency-management professionals, whose job it is to prepare for grim scenarios,... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has met with at least three contenders for police commissioner, he said Wednesday.
They are Bill Bratton, who served as the NYPD’s top cop under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani between 1994 and 1996; Philip Banks III, now chief of department under Commissioner Ray Kelly; and the first deputy commissioner, Rafael Pineiro, the NYPD’s highest-ranking Hispanic.
De Blasio... » more
President Barack Obama joined with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize the legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a generation until he was felled by an assassin's bullets 50 years ago this week.
Obama, former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath and bowed their heads before Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery.... » more
Bill de Blasio yesterday brushed off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s suggestion that New Yorkers chafing at the mayor-elect’s tax-the-rich plan should migrate across the Hudson.
“Governor Christie’s latest political stunt doesn’t merit a serious response,” de Blasio spokeswoman Lis Smith said yesterday. “New York City is the greatest city in the world and will continue to be under Mayor-elect... » more