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?”
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.
CBS News is taking correspondent John Miller’s expected exit for a job with Bill Bratton at the New York Police Department hard, despite his role in yet another recent controversy over a “60 Minutes” report.
“It’s devastating,” one CBS News staffer told Capital. “A huge loss,” another said.