Tags: Bill de Blasio

How About That 2016 Democratic Convention in Brooklyn?


New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, having stood so closely to the anti-police protests that the city’s police forces no longer trust him, now is calling for all protests to be suspended until after the slain officers’ funerals.

Now that the mayor has played with fire and gotten burned, he’s making a request that almost certainly won’t be honored — after all, the protest movement rejects the police’s lawful authority, so they’re not just going to salute and obey the mayor — and that is, for obvious reasons, completely unenforceable.

Please, please, please, Democrats. Do as Bill de Blasio wishes and hold your 2016 National Convention in Brooklyn. Perhaps no politician better symbolizes the consequences of the Left’s shortsighted, shamelessly opportunistic thinking than the mayor.

The new face of Democrats.

For obvious reasons, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, are looking like much better options today.

Tags: New York City , Bill de Blasio , Police , Democratic National Convention

Obama, Holder, and de Blasio, Still Trying to Pose Like Outsiders


From the first Morning Jolt of the week:

Obama, Holder, and de Blasio, Still Trying to Pose Like Outsiders

The Great Rush Limbaugh discussed one of last week’s items on his show Friday, contemplating whether the progressive-leaning “narrative journalism” ultimately harms the causes it aims to advance — the notion being that one-sided, half-accurate-at-best storytelling gives its adherents a false sense of what’s actually going on and likely to happen:

You’ve been watching CNN and you are convinced that the Gentle Giant had his hands up and said “don’t shoot” and was trying to surrender, and then the grand jury and the facts come out and you are not prepared to deal with it because you have yet to hear the facts because you’ve been watching CNN, what do you do? It’s contrary to everything that you’ve been told. So what do you do? You get mad. You get ticked off. And Geraghty’s point is that the left is actually hurting their own causes.

I disagree with him on this, by the way. ‘Cause I think they want this chaos. I think they need all of this. They need to be victims. They need the perception to be that the government is a majority, white government stacked deck against African-Americans and Hispanics. They need that. That’s what fuels them. That’s what propels people to the polls. What is playing the race card on Election Day, what is playing the race card? It’s the same thing we’re getting here in so-called reporting out of Ferguson, or Staten Island with Eric Garner.

So the idea that they’re hurting their own cause, I mean, in one sense, yeah, they’re hurting their own cause because they’re not right, and it’s being vividly demonstrated that they’re not right. But they’re misleading. I mean, they don’t look good at the end of the day. And so — (interruption) well, I’m gonna get to that. I’m gonna get to that. But the only way that they can then survive being wrong is to place themselves as victims as well, victims of an unfair country, victims of unfair society.

The thing that nobody’s talking about in all this, the thing that really, really, really needs to be talked about here is what is all of this doing to our country? This is tearing up our country. This is tearing up our society and our culture. It is tearing it up. It is on the verge of destroying the things that provide order and respect. What they are doing is creating a bunch of people who are going to end up having no respect for anything or anybody or gonna be constantly, perpetually angry and on the verge of blowing up. They are destroying the fabric of our culture with this. And to what end?

I wouldn’t disagree too much with Rush on this, other than to point out that we may be reaching the point where the progressive Left’s interest in perpetual public outrage over claims of racially motivated police abuse is working against the interests of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, incoming nominee Loretta Lynch, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Because progressives like Obama, Holder/Lynch, and de Blasio are in charge now, ostensibly in charge of both police forces and the investigation of those police forces when there are allegations of abuse. If there are indeed horrific abuses of police power, targeting African-Americans, occurring like clockwork, and never with any serious consequence . . . all of this is happening on their watch.

You particularly have to wonder if the president likes hearing about violent protests against police in Berkeley, Manhattan, shutting down highways in Washington, Long Island and Miami and elsewhere. No one at those protests is chanting, “Way to go, Mr. President.” For Obama, we’re about to enter the seventh year of an eight-year presidency. It’s getting late. Walking into America’s poorer minority neighborhoods, are things significantly better or worse than they were on January 19, 2009, the day before Obama took office? Are the schools performing any better? Are there more job opportunities? Are there fewer people struggling with addiction? Are there clearer paths to success? Have the crime rates changed dramatically? Is the relationship between the citizens and the police forces any better?

Think about it. The Rodney King riots occurred in 1992, sharing a lot of similar elements of the Garner case — a group of white cops in a big city accused of violently mistreating a black man accused of a crime, caught on videotape. And other than wearable video cameras, a lot of the recommended solutions discussed today are the same ones discussed 22 years ago: more community outreach by police forces, recruitment of minority police officers, a review of police tactics and the amount of force appropriate when dealing with suspects . . . How long until we’re told it’s time for another “national conversation on race”?

We’ve seen it all before. Very little changes. At least in 1992, progressives could blame the problems on whites and conservatives in positions of authority. Progressivism, at least in the realm of electoral politics, tells the electorate, “you need us in charge so that outrages like this don’t happen.” Expect that right now, the progressives are already in charge.

Thus you end up with Mayor de Blasio offering pablum like this:

The problem of police-community relations and civil rights is not just an issue for people of color — or young people — or people who get stopped by police. This is a fundamental issue for every American who cares about justice.

All of us must work together to make this right — to work for justice — and to build the kind of city — and nation — we need to be.”

What do you mean, “all of us must work together to make this right”? How is this partially our fault? You and I were just sitting here, far from Staten Island, when it happened.

All of us out here have no authority over the New York City Police Department, its tactics and methods, its leadership, philosophies, and culture. You do, Mr. Mayor.

Tags: Barack Obama , Eric Holder , Bill de Blasio , Police

Publicly Funded NYC Pre-K Keeps Children in Dirty Basement


A New York City father uncovered a publicly funded pre-kindergarten allowing children to play and sleep in less than sanitary conditions, according to the New York Post.

Miguel Navedo became concerned about his daughter’s safety after she told him that she spent a day at the I Love Me Early Childhood Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in a “dirty basement.” The young girl also said that some of her classmates played and napped on the bed of a teacher’s house. 

Before pulling his daughter from the pre-K, Navedo shot a video of the basement in question, which the children could only get to after walking down a set of stairs in total darkness.

As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to expand pre-K to all New Yorkers, the I Love Me Early Childhood Center signed a $610,000 contract with the city. Although Navedo pulled his daughter out of the school and reported the center to two city agencies in October, the administrators of the pre-K have yet to experience any repercussions. 

Tags: Bill de Blasio

A Particularly Controversial DeBlasio Administration Staffer in New York City


Up in New York City, Mayor DeBlasio is having some headaches:

City investigators have opened an inquiry into Rachel Noerdlinger, the chief of staff to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, over her failure to disclose during a background check that she shares a home with a boyfriend whose criminal record and statements against law enforcement have become the subject of controversy, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, who resides with Ms. Noerdlinger in Edgewater, N.J., has written provocative online posts criticizing the police and has a long record of arrests, including a conviction for manslaughter when he was a teenager and an episode last fall when he nearly ran over a New Jersey state trooper while driving Ms. Noerdlinger’s car.

Noerdlinger is no stranger to controversy; she was Al Sharpton’s publicist. Back in 2007, after describing her own experience as an African-American child adopted by white parents, she concluded:

It is too easy to say I am against transracial adoption. But I do think it should be a last resort. Although love should be enough, love does not prepare an African American child for the society we live in. And love does not replace the importance of knowing your own ethnicity and culture.

I wonder what the mayor thinks of the suggestion that the love of a white parent is somehow deficient or insufficient for raising an African-American child; he’s a white man married to a black woman with two children. 

Tags: Bill de Blasio , New York City

Mayor de Blasio Gets Al Sharpton to Call Off Verrazano March


Reverend Al Sharpton’s planned march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to protest the death of Eric Garner is off. No, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not demand that Sharpton put an end to a planned protest that would have rendered much of the borough immobile, possibly putting lives at risk, should an emergency arise. Instead, New York’s fearless leader called Sharpton and “begged” him to change his mind, according to the New York Post.

As National Review Online reported, Sharpton’s National Action Network had not secured a permit to march across the Verrazano Bridge, the only bridge connecting the borough of Staten Island to the rest of New York City, and the mayor’s office was coy about how it planned to respond to the situation. Many politicians called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to force NAN to move the protest to a more convenient location.

A source told the Post that de Blasio, who was getting “hammered” in the press for his lack of a response on the march, tried to get Sharpton to “see the light.” 

“Do you think that marching over this bridge will be a benefit to the progressive agenda?” De Blasio asked Sharpton, according to the source, who is described as being connected to City Hall and having “knowledge of the conversation” between de Blasio and Sharpton.

On Saturday August 9, Sharpton announced that instead of marching across the Verrazano Bridge, protesters would take buses, or “justice caravans,” across the bridge and hold a demonstration in front of the Staten Island District Attorney’s office on August 23.

According to the Post’s source, the possible march was “really threatening the de Blasio administration.” The source added, “They thought they could control the Rev, but no one can control the Rev.”

De Blasio seems to be learning that lesson the hard way.

Tags: Bill de Blasio , Al Sharpton

De Blasio’s Bridgegate


New York politicians are calling out the Rev. Al Sharpton and demanding he jettison his plan to the march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Since National Review Online broke the story that the race-baiting rabble-rousers is not seeking a permit for the August 23 march, it’s becoming clear that Sharpton’s return to prominence is a major headache, for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Chief William Bratton, and New Yorkers as a whole.

Staten Island politicians are especially angry at The Rev, with many calling for de Blasio — a leftwing ally of Sharpton who compiled his own civil-disobedience arrest record as a candidate — to take action. Sharpton is protesting the death of Eric Garner, a vendor of untaxed cigarettes who died shortly after being put in an apparent chokehold by New York police officers.#ad#

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, whose 11th District encompasses all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has taken the lead on the issue, releasing a statement on Wednesday, saying, “To close [Staten Island’s] only direct passage to the rest of the City on a summer travel weekend is a recipe for total disaster.” Both ends of the bridge lie within Grimm’s district.

Staten Island City Councilmen Steven Matteo and Vincent Ignizio demanded that the mayor force Sharpton’s Nation Action Network to move the march to a “safer, less disruptive place,” with Matteo tweeting that the march would “set a precedent” for the Verrazano Bridge to be closed for future marches.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino insisted that Governor Andrew Cuomo “deny Reverend Sharpton access” to the bridge. “Rev. Sharpton’s track record speaks for itself,” an Astorino spokeswoman said. “It would be extraordinarily ill advised to trust him with a bridge. The permit must be denied.”

None of these statements seemed to faze Sharpton, who announced yesterday that the march would begin at 1 p.m. and that he had not applied for a permit. Other members of the National Action Network still might try to get a permit for the march — which would have to shut down traffic on at least one level of the bridge because it has no pedestrian walkway.

After his secret meeting Wednesday morning, Sharpton announced the support of the powerful health care workers union 1199 SEIU, whose members plan to join the National Action Network in the march. In front of the union’s offices, Sharpton spoke out against the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, which held a press conference Tuesday decrying criticisms of the NYPD following Garner’s death. “They’re defending something illegal,” said Sharpton. “Can you imagine me holding a press conference defending an illegal act?”

Sharpton’s agitation has put the mayor in what both the left and right acknowledge is a tight spot. The New York Times conceded Thursday that de Blasio was “struggling to take command of a controversy over the police.” PBA head Patrick Lynch warned NYPD officers Tuesday that nobody at City Hall “is looking out for you.”

Both sides of the battle are itching for the mayor to choose a side, but he appears to be avoiding the subject. De Blasio was in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and has no question-and-answer session planned for Thursday, according to the Times.

— Christine Sisto is an editorial associate at National Review Online.

Tags: Bill de Blasio , Al Sharpton , Michael Grimm , Steve Matteo , Vincent Ignizio , Rob Astorino

Al Roker Calls Mayor Bill de Blasio Out over School Closing


There’s no better feeling than that produced by these two words: Snow Day.

In New York City today, excited kids hoping to stay warm and cozy in their beds for a few minutes longer were met with the cold realization that — even though there’s a blizzard — they had to go to school.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has gotten heavily criticized for this decision — by the city’s teachers’ union and elected officials. But check out these tweet from America’s beloved weatherman Al Roker, who has a daughter in public school:

Then, he made his own forecast, but this time of a political nature:

I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term

— Al Roker (@alroker) February 13, 2014

That’s gotta sting more than a case of the frostbite!

When asked about Roker’s comments, de Blasio stuck to his guns (perhaps an inappropriate idiom for the mayor of New York City): “I respect Al Roker a lot. I’ve watched him on TV for many, many years. It’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV. So I am comfortable with our decision-making.”


Tags: Al Roker , Bill de Blasio , Weather

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