News De Blasio says he, first lady agree on Rikers Rikers Island is the city's largest jails complex. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Emmanuel Dunand By Emily Ngo firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo February 18, 2016 6:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Thursday that he and first lady Chirlane McCray are of one mind on the prospect of eventually shutting down Rikers Island, saying the couple is in “total agreement” in support of the premise. McCray in a Jezebel blog interview said closing the violence-plagued detention complex is a “great idea” because of its mental health treatment failings. Her husband had raised cautions about the practical issues, including a potential cost of billions of dollars and the question of where the detainees would be moved. In the meantime, he said the focus needs to be on improving conditions at Rikers. “We totally agree that it is a good concept, but we have to address this issue right now, so we need to get real about this,” the mayor said during an event near Union Square. By Emily Ngo email@example.com @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.