The recent unrest in Furguson, MO has raised questions about the use of surplus military equipment by local police forces. Several months ago, The New York Times obtained from the Pentagon a list of where excess military equipment given to state and local law enforcement ended up.
Bill and I didn’t just raise our children in New York – we raised our children with New York. Chiara and Dante are city kids through and through, and many of the traits that make them wonderful young adults can be traced back to their fellow New Yorkers – their teachers, coaches, neighbors and…
We are working on a large phone banking project today for Governor Cuomo’s re-election campaign. If you have some time this afternoon to help us out on this and make some phone calls—even an hour or so—please let me know.
We understand if you cannot come to our office at this late notice, and this can all be done remotely.
Thank you and please let me know ASAP if you can help us out on this!
Question: [inaudible] calling for uniformed police officers not to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
Mayor: I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to, and I respect that right. Yes?
Question: Just to follow up on Emily’s question, I think that there’s a difference between allowing city workers on their own personal time to march in a parade and having them show up in uniform with signs saying ‘City of New York Police Department.’ So if we have a little bit more about your thinking on that, and are you planning to attend the parade?
Mayor: I’ve said what I think. I respect the right of our City workers to march in uniform – period. And no, I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as an elected official. I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city and the contributions of Irish Americans. But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in this city. Thanks – OK, go ahead.
"There is a philosophical grounding to my belief in Israel and it is my belief, it is our obligation, to defend Israel, but it is also something that is elemental to being an American because there is no greater ally on earth, and that’s something we can say proudly,"—Bill de Blasio.
“It’s Michael Bloomberg’s last day as mayor. It’s also the last day for his most successful and controversial commissioner, Ray Kelly, whose NYPD drove crime down to historic lows but ended up in controversy after vastly expanding stop-and-frisk. In a lengthy interview with the Times, Kelly offered a blunt, Bloombergarian defense of his legacy: “Quite frankly…my poll numbers are great.” As we wrote earlier, Kelly has been consistently more popular than any of his predecessors, and, oftentimes, than the department itself. The Times calls Kelly’s predicament Shakespearean. There are hints, too, of Robert Caro’s zoom-out on Robert Moses: “Couldn’t people see what he had done? Why weren’t they grateful?””—Playbook: Ball drops on a new mayor | Capital New York
SPEAKER SPOILS — Paying back support — Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the backing of 30 Council members last night, enough to make her the next speaker of the City Council. She held the Progressive Bloc, swayed the Brooklyn delegation, peeled away seven votes from powerful Queens County, and even enticed one skeptical Republican to support her. So, what will all that support cost?
Here’s one version I heard , from a source familiar with the Democratic county leaders, who backed rival Dan Garodnick of Manhattan: Jimmy Van Bramer — one of the Queens breakaways — will get to chair the coveted Finance Committee. (Another knowledgeable source said the post may go to Julissa Ferreras, also from Queens.) David Greenfield of Brooklyn, which also broke late for de Blasio, is likely to get the Land Use Committee. Brad Lander of Brooklyn — a key figure of the Progressive bloc, the backbone of Mark-Viverito’s coalition — will be named Deputy Speaker for Policy.
“In their way, I think both ads tell half-lies. I mean, yes, it is literally true that your sullen teenager could be secretly making a heartwarming movie about how much he loves his extended family. But as someone who was a sullen, phone-addicted teen , I can report that neither I nor my friends were chronicling our family lives the way Apple’s teen does.”—WNYC: “The Apple Ad Everyone is Crying About”