De Blasio should be measured by how much he restructures the way the city taxes its residents and businesses, and how much it invests in improving the lives of poor New Yorkers, said Kink. He also said just glancing at statistics today and four years from now may not tell the whole story of de Blasio’s work.
“If there’s another Wall Street meltdown, another economic collapse, or another Sandy, and you have a lot of joblessness and a lot of homelessness, that skews statistics,” said Kink.
A bear market may not help matters either, statistically speaking.
“If Wall St. does well—something he [de Blasio] needs to absorb his tax hike—inequality will get worse under the Gini coefficient, which people will use,” emailed Nicole Geliinas, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow who studies economic and fiscal issues.”
Bratton declined to state his opinion on current police practices like stop-and-frisk, or whether he’d continue the use of the NYPD’s Zone Assessment Unit, which critics say unfairly surveils Muslims.
But in his remarks at N.Y.U., Bratton reiterated his support for community policing, which relies on the goodwill of the public to help provide information to police.
"Of the attempted terrorists plots in this country that have been detected since 9/11," said Bratton, "75 percent [have] been detected because of a collaboration between a community member who has informed a police officer, or a police officer who because of relationships with the community, has been able to put the clues together to predict that something was going to happen and to be able to prevent it.
Why would Bill Bratton want his old job as head of the New York Police Department?
"Apart from being an optimist I guess I’m a glutton for punishment," Bill Bratton told reporters Wednesday evening after speaking at New York University.
Bratton was head of the NYPD under mayor Rudy Giuliani in his first term and left after a falling out with his boss. He went to lead the police department in Los Angeles and is now a consultant in the private sector. He advised a number of mayoral candidates including Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, who leads his Republican rival by more than 40 points in recent public opinion polls.
Bratton said he has not spoken directly with de Blasio about the job and has not considered whether he is up for it.
"There was never a discussion about the commissioner’s position," he said.
Later, I asked Bratton whether he agrees wifh Giuliani about de Blasio having an “anti-police” agenda.
"I did not detect that at all in any of my conversation with him," Bratton said.
He acknowledged de Blasio expressed concerns about some NYPD practices (the use of stop-and-frisk was one major theme he highlighted during the campaign) but “I dont detect any of that as anti-police.” He added “I don’t detect any anti-police feelings or bias to my exposure to Mr. de Blasio.”