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    The average number of daily coronavirus cases in New York City is now approaching the threshold officials have said they want to remain under as the former epicenter tries to contain spikes in virus hot spots.  The latest data from the city shows that the average daily case rate is at 520 infections, which is just 30 cases shy of the 550 threshold set by health officials.  That figure, which is based on a seven-day rolling average, has been gradually increasing since late September when the daily toll was at about 300 cases.   The uptick in average daily cases has been fueled by hot spot neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that were forced to shut down businesses and schools on Thursday in a bid to curb the spread.  Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for now, downplayed fears of citywide lockdowns due to the current uptick.  Mayor Bill de Blasio...
    Mayoral candidate and former de Blasio legal counsel Maya Wiley took a series of sharp shots at her ex-boss during an event Thursday to launch her 2021 campaign. “When I am mayor you will never have to wonder who is in charge,” the 56-year-old civil rights lawyer said at the campaign announcement in front of the Brooklyn Museum. “You will never have to question whether anyone is listening, whether the mayor even wants the job. You will never have to ask yourself whether you matter. “You’ll never have to wonder whether I’m in Iowa,” she quipped, drawing laughter from the crowd at the allusion to de Blasio’s failed 2020 presidential run when he was stuck in the Hawkeye State during a Big Apple blackout in July 2019. She took the shots in front of her senior adviser Jon Paul Lupo, who ran de Blasio’s short-lived presidential bid. Other one-time de...
    Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio created a parody video Tuesday mocking President Donald Trump’s return to the White House from Walter Reed hospital. The video showed de Blasio holding up a surgical mask to triumphant music before putting it on outside City Hall. He then salutes and enters the building with his mask on. In New York City we wear our masks, proudly. pic.twitter.com/YTZDGu2pzG — City of New York (@nycgov) October 6, 2020 The video was posted on New York City’s official Twitter account. Trump returned to the White House Monday, where he took off his mask on the Truman Balcony and saluted Marine One as it departed the White House. De Blasio’s parody video was poorly received on social media, with many describing the video as “cringe.” Cringe. pic.twitter.com/tEALRXOUTq — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 7, 2020 Another Twitter user called out de Blasio for his...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has threatened to fine people $15,000 if they violate a ban on mass gatherings and $1,000 for those refusing to wear masks in the hotspot neighborhoods being shutdown for the next two weeks due to rising COVID-19 rates.  His threat came a day after new rules were announced by the state that will affect residents living in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The strict new restrictions are being placed on businesses, houses of worship and schools in various neighborhoods that are largely Orthodox Jewish strongholds. During his daily press briefing on Wednesday, de Blasio threatened to dish out heavy fines for those in violation of the new rules when they come into effect.  His threats came after hundreds of furious Orthodox Jews protested in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park a night earlier over the new restrictions that they argue unfairly target them.  New...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Affordable SoHo? If Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, mixed income housing will become part of the neighborhood often associated with luxury lofts and high end retail. Wednesday, the mayor released a rezoning plan to allow for more residential buildings in the SoHo-NoHo area. “There is a lot of support on the ground that there needs to be affordable housing in every community, including those that are upper income. They also need to have affordable housing in those communities, and that’s what this will achieve,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. The administration says the plan could bring as many as 3,200 new homes with approximately 800 permanently affordable units to the area. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is being mocked for a "stupid" attempt at trolling President Trump over Covid masks. De Blasio put a mask on outside New York City hall – mimicking a clip where Trump was seen removing his face covering outside the White House when returning from Walter Reed hospital on Monday.  ⚠️ Follow our Donald Trump Covid live blog for the latest news & updates 11Mayor Bill de Blasio posted a video mocking Trump on TuesdayCredit: Twitter/nycgov 11The video made fun of Donald Trump, who on Monday was seen removing his mask as he returned to the White House from Walter Reed hospitalCredit: AP:Associated Press The video with de Blasio was shared by the City of New York on Tuesday evening. In the video, de Blasio was seen holding up a face mask as he stood outside City Hall and shaking it in the air. He then put the...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has received harsh reaction after creating a parody video mocking President Donald Trump's return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. De Blasio, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary last year after polling at 0 percent among primary voters, including in his home state, posed for the parody video in front of City Hall on Tuesday.  In the video, triumphant music swells as de Blasio holds up a surgical mask, puts it on, and then salutes. On Monday, Trump returned to the White House and appeared on a balcony, where he took off his face mask and saluted Marine One as it departed. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has received harsh reaction after creating a parody video mocking President Donald Trump's return to the White House In the video, triumphant music swells as...
    Shocking surveillance video has captured the moment a brawl broke out by a Big Apple bodega, with two of the assailants wielding machetes.  The wild fight occurred Sunday afternoon in The Bronx, with two men running into the store to escape a group of attackers who were trailing close behind.  Footage of the altercation was released by the United Bodegas of America association on Tuesday as they begged New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to take action against soaring rates of crime.  'We are small businesses that are trying to invest our money in this city, and as you can see the gangs have taken over,' the association's spokesperson, Fernando Mateo, told The New York Post.  In the vision, one of the men who ran into the store can be seen brandishing a machete.  A man outside the store also looks to be holding a similar style of weapon.   Mateo said...
    Here’s another program that should be zeroed out ASAP in the city’s dire fiscal straits: Mayor de Blasio’s white-elephant NYC Ferry system. The mayor’s a huge fan, but he’s gone in just 14 months; no successor will feel any real ownership of the ferries, and cash is going to be scarce. As it is, the system is burning tens of millions of dollars in subsidies — $53 million from the de Blasio-controlled city Economic Development Corp. last year alone. That’s not the only waste this mayor is funding with the EDC: A few years ago it was sending more than $100 million a year in profits from its investments to the general fund; now it’s just $28 million or so. As state Sen. John Liu (D-Queens), a former city comptroller, put it, “The problem is that it’s not part of the budgeting process; it’s a unilateral decision on the part...
    Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday he intends to enact lockdown restrictions in 20 coronavirus hotspots throughout Brooklyn and Queens following a spike in positivity rates. “This was not an easy choice to make, and let me be clear: we haven’t seen any issues in these schools,” de Blasio said in a tweet Sunday. “We must, however, be proactive about the safety and health of New Yorkers.” This was not an easy choice to make, and let me be clear: we haven’t seen any issues in these schools. We must, however, be proactive about the safety and health of New Yorkers. — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 4, 2020 Nearly half a million people throughout 20 zip codes would be affected by the lockdowns, which the state must approve, after each area recorded a positivity rate of three percent for a week straight, according...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants to impose new lockdowns in nine New York City neighborhoods with surging coronavirus infection rates beginning on Wednesday.   De Blasio announced his plan on Sunday, saying he intended to 'rewind' the reopening of nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens by shuttering schools and non-essential businesses.  'Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration,' the mayor said. 'Today is a more difficult day.'  The plan, which still has to be approved by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, marks the first major reversal in the reopening strategy launched by the city in June.   The nine neighborhoods affected each have an infection rate of over three percent for the past seven days, de Blasio said.   This is a developing story.    Nine New York City neighborhoods with surging coronavirus infection rates will be placed on lockdown for a second time, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday
    New York City police officers who don’t wear coronavirus masks should face “penalties,” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our officers should be held to the same standard as all citizens, all public standards,” he said at a news conference Wednesday. “If they don’t, there should be penalties.” Despite the statement, de Blasio said most police officers do wear masks on the job in the Big Apple. But the New York Post reported that at the same time the mayor made that statement, more than 30 officers in the building’s hallway were not wearing masks. In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the media in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Of the 18 outside the press room at 1 Police Plaza, only three had masks on, according to the Post. And none of the 16 officers near the elevator were...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Tuesday that the city will “aggressively” move to enforce mask mandates and fine those who refuse to wear a face covering. The mayor spoke about the continued actions in the city to combat the Chinese coronavirus, citing hundreds of additional city agency personnel handing out masks, encouraging testing, and “pushing back against misinformation.” De Blasio also announced an additional enforcement measure: mask patrols. “Anyone who is not wearing a face covering will be offered one, will be reminded it is required, and anyone who refuses to wear a face covering will be told that if they don’t put one on they will be fined, and anyone who still refuses will be fined,” he explained, noting that it will “happen aggressively.” “Our goal of course is to give everyone a free face mask and get them to wear it. We don’t want to fine people....
    NEW York mayor Bill de Blasio narrowly escaped injury when he was struck by an electric scooter while crossing the road in lower Manhattan on Monday. De Blasio was reportedly side-swiped by the rider of the device but was unharmed, the NY Post reports. 4New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visits Coney Island, New York CityCredit: Reuters 4De Blasio was not injured when he was struck by an electronic scooterCredit: AFP or licensors According to the outlet, the mayor was on the crosswalk at Pearl Street and Water Street around 10:15 a.m. when a man traveling with his seven-year-old daughter on an e-scooter side-swiped him, sources said. The rider — who had his 7-year-old daughter on the scooter with him — wasn’t wearing a helmet and suffered minor injuries, according to the sources. The girl fell off the device during the incident and sustained minor injuries. 4Re-opening Continues Across...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio was struck on the arm by an electric scooter as he stepped on to a crosswalk in Lower Manhattan. The 59-year-old had been crossing the road at 10.15am on Monday when he was sideswiped by a man on the e-scooter.  De Blasio escaped unharmed during the collision. Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured) was struck on the arm by an electric scooter as he stepped on to a crosswalk in Lower Manhattan The rider, who was travelling with his seven-year-old daughter, had not been wearing a helmet, according to The New York Post. It is thought that the girl fell off the device and tumbled to the floor - but both father and daughter suffered only minor injuries.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Veteran facing border wall scam charges alongside Steve... Amanda Knox joins bid to help jailed NXIVM sex-cult leader... ...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio was side-swiped by an electric scooter in Lower Manhattan on Monday — but escaped the debacle without injury, The Post has learned. The mayor was walking along the crosswalk at Pearl Street and Water Street around 10:15 a.m. when a man on an e-scooter ran into his arm, sources said. NYC MAYOR ANNOUNCES MORE FURLOUGHS THAT WILL AFFECT 9,000 WORKERS AMID BUDGET CRISIS The rider — who had his 7-year-old daughter on the scooter with him — wasn’t wearing a helmet and suffered minor injuries, according to the sources. The girl fell off the device during the incident and was slightly injured. The mayor rushed to make sure the man and his daughter were OK and gave them a Kleenex to dab minor scrapes that were bleeding, a source said. Press Secretary Bill Neidhardt urged New Yorkers to take safety precautions on city streets. CLICK HERE...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza are facing calls to abdicate control of the nation's largest district after a union representing principals declared a unanimous vote of 'no confidence' in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  The stunning vote from the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which represents more than 6,400 education leaders in the Big Apple, came two days before schools are set to resume in-person learning for students in grades K through 8 on Tuesday. The union ripped into de Blasio and Carranza's 'failure to lead New York City through a safe and successful reopening of schools' and demanded that they hand over control of the district to state officials.  'CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate...
    New York City's principals union unanimously issued on Sunday a vote of no confidence in Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza on Sunday. The leaders of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which has roughly 6,400 members, cited a "failure to lead New York City through the safe and successful reopening of schools" in unanimously passing a vote of no confidence and demanded the Democratic mayor request assistance from the state to lead schools throughout the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic. "CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate intervention of the New York State Education Department," the union said in a statement. De Blasio has been criticized by teachers and school administrators throughout the health crisis....
    New York City’s school principals union has issued a vote of no confidence in Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, calling on them to abdicate control of schools to the state in a brutal rebuke over their handling of the system’s coronavirus comeback. The heads of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators “declared a unanimous vote of ‘No Confidence’ for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza due to their failure to lead New York City through the safe and successful reopening of schools,” the 6,400-member group wrote in a Sunday letter. “CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate intervention of the New York State Education Department,” the letter continued. The effort to reopen schools amid the coronavirus has been...
    With his refusal to crack down on crime and inability to get schools and restaurants fully opened, Mayor de Blas­io has reached new depths of incompetence at exactly the wrong time. It’s one thing to be a dud when there is room for error, but this is an emergency, and the future of New York is growing ever more gloomy. The mayor’s performance is so awful and the quality of life in such sharp decline that many New Yorkers who fled the pandemic have no plans to come back. Fears that the city is headed for a cliff are contagious and are leading to more frequent calls for Gov. Cuomo to remove de Blasio from office. With no reason to believe the mayor is capable or determined to make things better, it’s tempting to join the chorus. The siren song is all the more seductive when you realize de Blasio’s...
    A street mural reading “Fuck Cuomo and De Blasio” was painted on a street in Brooklyn over the weekend, according to the New York Post. The statement about the two Democrats, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, was marked in bold yellow letters early Saturday morning and spanned the length of a block, according to the Post. The city removed the mural at around 10 p.m. the same day. Massive ‘F–k Cuomo and de Blasio’ mural painted on Brooklyn street https://t.co/bOMdfzKW9O pic.twitter.com/HjZzfs6O7q — New York Post (@nypost) September 20, 2020 The painting was reportedly painted around the end of a block party in the area which was also dubbed a “small business owner protest,” attendees told the Post. “It was a big hit. The crowds cheered, even the cops chuckled,” an unidentified attendee told the outlet. The statement resembled a Black Lives Matter mural painted adjacent to Trump...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is going after President Donald Trump over his Department of Justice designating the Big Apple an “anarchist” city, and threatening to withhold federal funds as a result. In a Monday press briefing, the mayor said that he’d visited a neighborhood in Queens earlier in the morning, and witnessed a scene that could hardly be described as chaotic. “I saw peace, tranquility,” de Blasio said. “I saw people going about their business. People excited that it’s the first day of school. I saw anything but anarchy.” The mayor went on to dismiss the DOJ’s action as purely partisan, and blasted the president over the move. “This is just another one of President Trump’s games,” de Blasio said. “It’s thoroughly political. It’s part of his campaign strategy. It makes no sense. It’s not based on the facts in the least. It’s insulting to the people...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that most of the city’s schools will not open this Monday as planned. Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, the mayor said that only preschool and special ed will open on Monday. The opening for elementary schools has been pushed to Sept. 29, while middle and high schools will not resume in-person instruction until Oct. 1. The mayor was facing heavy criticism for proceeding with the reopening despite safety concerns. Michael Mulgrew, the head of the United Federation of Teachers Union that represents city teachers, said that his membership did not believe the schools were ready to reopen. “We did not meet the goal of getting all the schools ready by any means,” Mulgrew said. “We still have a lot of work to do.” The mayor said he spoke with Mulgrew and city councilman Mark Treyger, who chairs the council’s...
    New York City public schools will no longer resume in-person classes for all students on Monday, September 21, as previously planned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.  Instead, the city will phase students back into the classroom on a rolling basis, beginning with the youngest grades - Pre-K and 3-K - next week.  K-5 and K-8 schools will go back on September 29, followed by middle and high schools on October 1.  The last-minute change in plan has sparked even more confusion among parents already frustrated by flip-flops from de Blasio.  It marked the second time that the mayor has delayed the start of in-person classes, which were originally set to begin on September 10.   This is a developing story.    New York City public schools will no longer resume in-person classes for all students on Monday, September 21, as previously planned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will furlough himself and his entire staff on Wednesday, in the midst of a $9 billion loss in revenue. Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the NYC that he may be forced to lay off as many as 22,000 local government employees in October due to billions in sales tax and other sources of city revenue lost during the global coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, that plan was put on hold. But the proverbial checkbook is still in the red, and last week, the embattled leader announced a new measure to try and slow the hemorrhaging funds. Mayor de Blasio will furlough himself and 494 staffers for one week — saving the city an estimated $860,000 in the process. De Blasio blamed the federal government for a lack of aid that he believes might have otherwise prevented “tough cuts” to the city’s...
    Congressman Max Rose, a New York Democrat, recently went viral for a short, pithy ad the sole point of which was to say “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City.” Rose spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper today over continued congressional negotiations over covid stimulus. Tapper briefly ended the interview by asking him about the ad, and Rose was once again unsparing in sharing his feelings about the mayor: “As I’ve demonstrated throughout this interview, I don’t care about party. All I care about is putting the country first. It’s clear that Mayor de Blasio is almost singlehandedly driving the city into the gutter. But we cannot forget about the fact that New York City also needs state and local aid. New York City needs for the Senate and the House and the White House to step up and push billions upon billions...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has furloughed the entire mayor’s office, including himself, amid a multi-billion dollar budget crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. “As of October 1, every mayor’s office employee will be taking a furlough—and that obviously includes myself,” de Blasio said during a Wednesday morning press conference. “This is a step you never want to see for good, hard-working people.”(RELATED: ‘He’s A Commie’: Lisa Kennedy Blasts Bill De Blasio Over Support For Defunding Police) The furlough of 495 staff members, including the mayor’s wife, is expected to save roughly $860,000 between October 2020 and March 2021, according to the New York Times. WATCH: The mayor continued, “The folks who work here, throughout this crisis, they have not been working 35- or 40-hour weeks. They’ve been working 80-hour weeks, 90-hour weeks, 100-hour weeks, because they believe in this city and they’ve been fighting...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that he is furloughing his own staff, including himself, in a symbolic gesture that will save just $860,000 while the city faces a budget deficit of some $4.2billion. The mayor's plan will affect 495 City Hall staffers who will be asked to take an unpaid, weeklong furlough at some point between October and March 2021. The furloughs will be taken by administrative assistants to both the mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, The New York Times is reporting. De Blasio's spokesperson told the Times that the mayor plans to continue working during his own furlough.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen above talking on the phone on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Tuesday The spokesperson, Bill Neidhardt, said it was 'a significant gesture that reasserts City Hall recognizes the sacrifices that will have to...
    For the first time in nearly a century the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be taking to the streets of New York City. At a press conference on Monday Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the parade will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  'It will not be the same parade we're used to,' de Blasio said. '[Macy's is] reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day.' The parade will not be live this year but viewers can watch it online and on TV, the mayor said, adding that Macy's will release additional details soon. He praised the retail giant for successfully adapting its Fourth of July fireworks display and expressed excitement for how it will reimagine the parade as well.   'There are some things we still can't...
    Advocates for the homeless called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to rethink kicking out hundreds of displaced people from hotels on the Upper West Side on Sunday, after locals complained about drug use. The city held a press conference earlier in the day about the removal of 300 men from the Lucerne Hotel, a temporary shelter used to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in crowded facilities. The displaced people moved into the place in July and are to be moved after the complaints and threats to sue the city. People alleged that the hotel residents were causing quality of life issues. Some have claimed that the same people living inside the hotel temporarily were urinating in public, plus using and selling drugs. Protesters stood outside NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mansion on Sunday to protest against a recent decision to move hundreds of people out of hotels serving...
    President Donald Trump shamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for wishing New Yorkers a 'beautiful' day when the city's seen an uptick in crime, inserting 'people don't want to get mugged, beaten or killed.'  De Blasio had sent out a tweet Saturday asking New Yorkers to continue to stay vigiliant about preventing the spread of COVID-19.   'It’s a beautiful Saturday, New York City,' the Democratic mayor wrote. 'Get out and enjoy it, but don’t forget we’re fighting back against COVID-19. Wear your face covering. Practice social distancing.' President Donald Trump (left) shamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for New York's uptick in crime, by adding 'people don't want to get mugged, beaten up or killed,' to a tweet de Blasio sent out asking New Yorkers to abide by coronavirus precautions   On Sunday, Trump complained about crime in New York City after de Blasio,...
    The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani could return to Gracie Mansion soon as he revealed he's considering running for office in 2021. Andrew Giuliani made the surprising declaration during an interview with New York Post, where he criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and recalled his father's first inauguration. 'I am certainly thinking about it. It’s something that a bunch of people that I trust have approached me with,' said Andrew, 34. 'It’s been terrible to see over the last few years how the city has spiraled. I am afraid if the right candidate doesn’t win in 2021, four more years of de Blasio’s policies will remind us of the 80s.'   The Giuliani family may return to Gracie Mansion in 2021 as Andrew Giuliani (right), the son of Rudy Giuliani (left), said he has considered running for mayor RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Rep. Max Rose, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, is campaigning to win reelection in New York City's most conservative district by blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat. Rose, a first-term member of Congress, defeated Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in 2018 in the 11th Congressional District, rated an R+3 toss-up by the Cook Political Report. The seat has swung frequently between both parties in recent election cycles due to redistricting, retirements, scandals, and resignations. However, the district is the most politically conservative in the city, and it is where many law enforcement officers and firefighters reside with their families. Since the beginning of his tenure of nearly seven years, the mayor of New York never had many allies among this group of city workers. Many New York Police Department officers blame de Blasio for the skyrocketing violent crime in the city as a result of...
    CEOs from more than 150 top companies have demanded that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to address public safety and fix 'quality of life issues' that have deteriorated the city.  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio and asserted that they were sure that the city would 'remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity.'  But despite New York having an infection rate below one per cent for more than 30 days, the CEOs said there was widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.'  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio, demanding him to fix fix 'quality of life issues' in NYC The CEOs called for...
    Bernard Kerik, a former New York City Police Commissioner, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Reck about the Defund the Police movement, New York City’s crime spike and more. New York City officials voted in June to cut nearly $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s budget. The city, which has seen an uptick in violence this year, recently surpassed its 1,000th shooting victim. When asked if he believed this violence was a result of the decision to defund the police, Kerik said “it’s a combination of things.” “You have a mayor — a very left-leaning, Marxist mayor — that has let thousands of criminals, violent criminals out of jail as a result of [COVID-19],” Kerik said. “Instead of going through a screening process and letting the least dangerous people out, there was a blanket release of inmates released from Rikers [Island Jail].” (RELATED: Ted Cruz Calls Out Democrats Ignoring Antifa Anarchy...
    First-term Staten Island congressman Max Rose is running digitals ads calling fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio “the worst mayor in the history of New York City.” Rose is locked in a tough re-election battle against Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis in the 11th congressional district that encompasses Staten Island and southern Brooklyn. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” Rose says in a six second spot as he looks into the camera. “That’s the whole ad.” Rose makes the same accusation in a 15-second spot. Having a few seconds of air time left, he chuckles, “That’s it guys. Seriously. That’s the whole ad.” De Blasio is unpopular in the 11th CD. Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman, was the Republican candidate for mayor against the incumbent in 2017. While de Blasio handily won re-election citywide, Malliotakis trounced the mayor in more conservative  Staten Island, where...
    Democratic Rep. Max Rose is holding nothing back in a bare-knuckle ad aimed squarely at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the six-second spot, Rose, who is running for reelection in New York's tightly contested 11th Congressional District, called de Blasio the "worst" mayor in city history before chuckling and admitting that's all he wanted to say. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” Rose said. “That’s the whole ad.” Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat running for reelection in Staten Island, with a digital ad: “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City. That’s the whole ad.” pic.twitter.com/mZrR5XW0BE— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) September 9, 2020 Rose, who deployed with the National Guard in March to assist with the coronavirus pandemic, is facing a tough bid from Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican in the state assembly. The...
    New York Rep. Max RoseMax RoseRussia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election: report Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes Democrats demand answers on report DHS withheld Russian election interference intelligence MORE castigated Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMSNBC's Sharpton: Defunding police 'something a latte liberal may go for' New York infection rate stays below 1 percent for 30 straight days Democratic mayors rip Trump funding threat: We're not 'political pawns' MORE, a fellow Democrat, as the worst mayor in New York City history in a seconds-long ad released Wednesday. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” the Staten Island Democrat says in the spot. "That’s the whole ad," he adds after a brief pause. Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history...
    Democratic New York Rep. Max Rose released a new ad Wednesday attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” Rose said, adding as the screen fades, “That’s the whole ad.” (RELATED: Max Rose Accuses Mitch McConnell Of Telling Cops, Firefighters And Teachers To ‘Drop Dead’) WATCH: Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City. Just stating the facts in my latest ad #NY11 pic.twitter.com/SHfBEix5l6 — Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) September 9, 2020 Rose, whose 11th Congressional District includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, is not alone in his sentiments. I am offended that @benshapiro thinks that Portland Mayor @tedwheeler is worse than my @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio. I stand firmly behind my mayor as the worse mayor in the country. — Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) August 31,...
    It was a bloody holiday weekend, with 28 shot across the city, 11 on Labor Day alone. Yet Mayor Bill de Blasio, answering a question on the shootings at a doubly illegal pre-dawn J’Ouvert, insisted: “Overwhelmingly we had a peaceful weekend in central Brooklyn.” Tell that to the 6-year-old shot along with his mom early Monday morning while exiting a taxi — and to the two dozen other victims. The Police Benevolent Association gave the mayor’s “peace” some larger context, tweeting: “Last week we had 51 shootings and 14 homicides. That’s anything but peaceful.” Any ordinary mayor would be outraged that the shootings continue, week after week, far above recent levels, not accepting it by talking of “minimal violence.” Are New Yorkers supposed to be happy at the lack (for now) of arson and looting? Police Commissioner Dermot Shea needs a reality check, too. He told 1010 WINS that the...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha announced on Friday the postponement of the annual tax lien sale until Sept. 25, 2020 to give New Yorkers additional time to pay debt or enter into payment plans. The City will continue its outreach efforts to affected homeowners. “COVID-19 has hit the pocketbooks of New Yorkers hard, and we’re doing whatever we can to give New Yorkers some relief,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Postponing the lien sale will allow New Yorkers more time to work with the city on their best path forward.”
    [The stream is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to hold his daily press briefing on Thursday after President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal funding to "lawless" cities, including New York City.  On Wednesday, Trump singed a memo that instructs the U.S. Attorney General to publicly identify a list of states and local jurisdictions that "have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract" the actions.  The memo lists a number of Democrat-led cities where violence and destruction has "continued unabated," including New York, Seattle, Portland and Washington D.C.  "My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones," the memo says.  In a tweet on...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the great real estate debate right now — are people fleeing the city in big numbers like we thought? CBS2’s Alice Gainer talked with two big moving companies to find out. Workers at the U-Haul on 23rd Street say the weekends have been packed with people moving out of the city. RELATED STORY — New Yorkers Have Message For Those Leaving, Saying City Is Dead: We’ll Fix It And Then We’ll Welcome You Back One couple Wednesday say they however are moving within the city. Right now, it’s hard to get exact numbers in terms of who’s moved permanently and temporarily. “I definitely see a ton of people moving out of the city. It’s just unbelievable,” said Raz Itzhaki, the CEO of Shleppers Moving and Storage. Itzhaki is also seeing people moving within the city and taking advantage of deals. Either way, they can’t keep...
    A decision on whether indoor dining can return in New York City will be made by the end of September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “I think it’s our responsibility to give them as clear an answer in the month of September as possible of where we’re going,” he said at his daily press briefing. “If there can be a timeline, if there can be a set of standards for reopening, we need to decide that in the next few weeks and announce it, whether it’s good news or bad news.” The mayor has dug in his heels on the issue of restarting indoor dining, saying it’s led to an increase of coronavirus cases in other parts of the country — a point he reiterated on Wednesday. “A number of states moved ahead with indoor dining and found that it contributed to either their ongoing problem or resurgence,” Hizzoner...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio just folded like a cheap beach chair — twice in two days, flinching first on his vow to lay off 22,000 city workers, then on his promise to open schools on Sept. 10. For weeks, the mayor stuck by his deadline, despite threats and fierce criticism from labor groups: “Unions will . . . say things sometimes in a very dramatic fashion,” he said. But “the mission is to take care of our kids.” That drew rare praise from us — and, no doubt, thousands of parents eager to have their kids back in class. see also NYC parents, teachers give new schools plan a failing grade The city’s last-minute move to push back the reopening of... But, with the United Federation of Teachers on the verge of a strike vote, and the usually quiet principals’ union also firing harsh shots, Hizzoner blinked — announcing a...
    New York City’s public schools will not reopen until September 21, under a deal Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio struck with the teachers’ unions at the last minute, officials said. All students will start online learning on September 16, and then will be allowed to move to a hybrid in-person/remote model five days later, de Blasio and NYC schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. The New York Post reported that the schools were initially supposed to reopen for partial in-person learning on September 10. But an escalating conflict between the United Federation of Teachers and City Hall — including threats from the teachers of going on strike if there were no more safety precautions put in place due to the coronavirus — forced the administration to push back the school reopening to address concerns such as coronavirus testing. Officials say that under the revised plan, 20 percent of students and teachers at each...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to delay the start of in-person classes until Sept. 21 as part of his effort to negotiate with the city's teachers union. The Democrat announced on Tuesday that in-person classes will begin nearly two weeks later than the original start date of Sept. 10 to allow teachers and schools enough time to prepare for students to safely return to class during the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor said that teachers in New York City will return to schools on Sept. 8, as scheduled, but remote learning for students will not begin until Sept. 16. The various labor unions involved in the school district were considering a strike if they were not given more time to prepare for the reopening. Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, had demanded that teachers have increased access to...
    The head of a New York City police union has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to 'give 8 million people a gift' and quit by sundown Friday because he has 'ruined' the Big Apple. Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins laid into the Democrat mayor on Twitter Friday telling him it would 'save the city' if he resigned from his post.    'We need to hear you RESIGNED as Mayor of NYC,' Mullins tweeted.  'We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down.'  His comments come after de Blasio axed $1 billion from the NYPD budget while crime rates in the city soar with shootings up 87 percent so far in 2020 compared to the same time last year.  Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins (left) has called on Mayor...
    One of the largest police unions in New York demanded the resignation of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio by the end of the day in a Friday tweet. “We need to hear you RESIGNED as Mayor of NYC,” the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) wrote on Twitter. “We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down.” We need to hear you RESIGNED as Mayor of NYC. We are WAITING. Only a few hours left until sundown. Give 8 million people a gift & quit. You ruined NYC, Save the City and step down. @NYCMayor @NYCPBA @NYCPDDEA @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @FoxNews @NY1 @TLMDPR @wpix @lbanypd https://t.co/avnqk6HbnQ — SBA (@SBANYPD) August 28, 2020 The SBA frequently attacks de Blasio for perceived incompetence and a lack of support for law enforcement. The...
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday warned that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would cause crime to soar in a speech that also took a sharp swipe at current Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It is clear that a vote for Biden and the Democrats creates the risk that you will bring this lawlessness to your city, town or suburb,” Giuliani said in a speech at the Republican National Convention. “There is no question that this awesome job of restoring safety for our people cannot be done from your basement, Joe,” he said. The former mayor, 76, is credited with cleaning up New York with “broken windows” policing and he blamed rising violent crime on Democratic mayors, including New York’s Bill de Blasio. “We’re seeing the return of rioting and looting. During riots this Democrat mayor, like others, has often prevented the police from making arrests. And even...
    Mayor de Blasio said amending the city’s new chokehold ban would provide cops with clearer guidance and help address the city’s surge in shootings. “I think there have been honest questions and concerns about what police officers can and cannot do and we need our police officers to have clear instruction,” de Blasio said at a remote City Hall press briefing Thursday. “There’s a growing recognition a better balance needs to be struck so we can continue the work of reform, but also make sure we’re fighting back against this horrible gun violence were seeing,” de Blasio added. The City Council is looking to tweak a portion of the law that was signed by the mayor just last month after NYPD officials and unions said the ban makes it more dangerous for officers to do their jobs, sources told The Post. The changes will affect the part of the law...
    Residents of New York City’s Upper West Side are threatening to sue the city after hordes of homeless people were placed in luxury hotels in the neighborhood due to the coronavirus crisis. At the moment more than 13,000 homeless people are being housed in 139 hotels across the Big Apple, including three luxury hotels – The Belleclaire, The Lucerne and The Belnord – on the Upper West Side. But residents of the upscale neighborhood complain that the move-in of the vagrants has brought with it increased crime, random violence, drugs, public urination and open prostitution. Some locals claim sex offenders have also moved into the streets. Residents have hired an attorney to sue the city to transfer the homeless back into shelters where they can get help. Residents of New York City’s Upper West Side are considering suing the city after hordes of homeless people were placed in luxury...
    We know the timing is awful, but it’s painfully clear that Mayor de Blasio needs to take a vacation, ASAP: He’s no use to anyone like this. Every day brings fresh errors. On Monday, for example, he blithely insisted that homeless encampments are “very, very rare” — when in reality they’ve been metastasizing all across the city in recent months. The same day, he suggested that indoor restaurant dining would surely begin sometime next year — inadvertently telling the hundreds of city eateries that can’t possibly last that long to abandon all hope. Tuesday, he insisted restaurant dining is just for the well-off, “obviously a very optional activity, which some people do a lot who have the resources and others can’t do at all because they don’t have the resources.” It’s not optional for the workers, sir. Oh, and he’s happy to wave good-bye to higher-income New Yorkers, insisting that...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio was on Staten Island to visit one of the city’s new COVID-19 checkpoints Tuesday. The city sheriff’s department is patrolling the Bayonne Bridge, a key entry point into the city. They’re looking for vehicles coming from places currently under the tri-state traveler’s advisory. Click here to view the list of states affected by the tri-state area’s mandatory quarantine. “Twenty percent of the cases we’re seeing now in New York City are from people who have traveled out of state to one of the areas experiencing a problem with the coronavirus,” de Blasio said. “If the travel situation is not addressed dramatically and aggressively, it becomes one of the biggest causes of spread, so we can’t let that happen in New York City.” The mayor says we can expect to see more travel checkpoints set up around the city in the...
    Bill de Blasio unveiled a new school learning plan Monday, allowing teachers in New York City to hold classes outdoors as more than 750,000 students prepare to return to for in-person learning across the Big Apple next month. During his daily press briefing, de Blasio said he hoped the scheme would help to open up a ‘whole new world’ of learning when classes resume on September 10. The mayor said principals will be able to set up classrooms in their schoolyards, or even request additional space in city parks, playgrounds or on sidewalks beginning from Monday. However, it will be up to school to teachers and principals to best determine how to orchestrate outdoor lessons safely. At this stage, the city will reportedly be prioritizing the needs of the 27 hardest-hit neighborhoods from COVID-19, in addition to the schools who have limited or no usable outdoor space to utilize on...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an outdoor learning plan for New York City public schools. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images In a daily briefing on Monday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an outdoor learning plan. Schools are urged to use outdoor spaces, like parks and empty streets, as classrooms when schools reopen in September.  Principals can submit their plans for outdoor learning by Friday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that schools should use outdoor spaces as classrooms this fall.  De Blasio pointed to schoolyards, empty streets, and public parks as adequate spaces for classrooms in public, charter, religious, and private schools.  "We want to give schools the option to do as much outdoors as they can," de Blasio said. "Starting today, we empower our principals to determine the maximum amount they can do outdoors."...
    NEW York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was urged to step down during a protest in Manhattan amid city's homeless crisis and gun violence spike. Approximately 300 protesters assembled in front of City Hall Park on Saturday urging De Blasio to resign, according to the New York Post. 8Mayor de Blasio was urged to step down by protesters on SaturdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8A protester is pictured holding a sign saying: 'STEP DOWN DeBlasio'Credit: The Mega Agency 8A protester held up a sign reading: 'SAVE OUR CITY!!! IMPEACH de BLASIO & CUOMO'Credit: The Mega Agency Signs reading, "Step Down de Blasio" and "Defund de Blasio” were held up by demonstrators. Brooklynite Annette Gerage, 67, brought a sight to the protest reading: “Save our City — Impeach De Blasio.” Gerage told The Post how she feels the mayor "is letting this city go straight to hell. Back to the 60s, 70s,...
    They can’t stand Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policies on school openings, homelessness, crime, bail reform, small business and street-protest looters — but most of all, they can’t stand him. Some 300 anti-de Blasio protesters, more than some of Hizzoner’s presidential campaign crowds, gathered in front of City Hall Park on Saturday to demand he either fix things or step down. “And if you cannot do that,” organizer Scott Lobaido told the crowd, “we call on our Governor Cuomo because we know you can’t stand this man either. “Rid us of this human waste of a mayor.” The protesters carried signs reading, “Step Down de Blasio,” “Defund de Blasio” and “Hey, de Blasio — F–k Me? No, F–k You!” They shouted “Lock him up!” and “Impeach him now!” and blared Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” A highlight of the rally was when Lobaido, who is also an artist, pulled...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to have reversed himself once again, busing homeless men into boutique hotels in Brooklyn after vowing to end the program in the face of public outcry. On Friday, at least 40 men were spotted exiting yellow buses and entering the Hotel Indigo on Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn, where a sign warns that the hotel 'cannot accommodate reservations,' according to the New York Post. Many of the men carried their belongings in plastic garbage bags, and city sources confirmed that the trendy hotel is being converted into a homeless shelter. Just steps away, the Hotel Aloft was converted to a similar shelter three weeks ago, residents said. The program reportedly costs taxpayers $175 per person each night, totaling more than $2 million a day for the some 13,000 people being housed in hotels. The trending Hotel Indigo is the latest New York City hotel...
    A coalition of New York City restaurants are threatening to sue Mayor Bill de Blasio after he admitted there was 'no plan' and refused to give a timeline for when indoor dining can return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The New York City Hospitality Alliance on Thursday demanded that de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo release a plan for when indoor dining can resume across the city. Separately, a group of 100 restaurants in Brooklyn and Staten Island have now also vowed to file a class-action lawsuit to force the city's hand and allow eateries to have people back inside.  It comes after de Blasio said there was no plan for when indoor dining could resume.  'We are looking at it everyday, but we have to see a lot more improvement before we consider it,' de Blasio said at his press conference.  'There is no timeline.'   The New York...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested he's not sure if he would send his children back to New York City public schools when they reopen in three weeks - despite the state recording an infection rate below 1 percent for 14 straight days. In an interview with NBC's Today on Friday, Cuomo described the reopening of schools in New York as a 'risky proposition'.  When asked if he would feel comfortable sending his children - if they were still school-aged - back into a classroom next month, Cuomo wouldn't give a straight answer.  Instead, he admitted: 'I would have a lot of questions'.  He added that city officials were 'still working out what the plan would be'.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested he's not sure if he would send his children back to New York City public schools when they reopen in three weeks - despite...
    Nearly a third of New Yorkers may be out of work thanks to the pandemic and lockdowns, but First Lady Chirlane McCray’s staff is … thriving. And Mayor Bill de Blasio’s excuse for it is beyond laughable. Fourteen city workers assisting McCray cost taxpayers $2 million a year — most of it buried in the payrolls of various city agencies until former Post reporter Yoav Gonen pulled together the details for online “paper” The City. Oh, and her staff is twice the size it was in 2018, further evidence that the mayor is using city resources to set his wife up to win next year’s race for Brooklyn borough president. see also $120M of proof that it pays to be a de Blasio donor Give to Bill and ye shall receive. A big-bucks donor... “This work is about the needs of the people of this city especially in...
    Rudy Giuliani has blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for rising violent crime in the city, claiming 'pro-criminal, anti-police policies' are sending the city out of control. 'The last time this city was like this, the last time the city had riots and crime at this level we had a Democratic mayor,' Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday morning, apparently referring to David Dinkins, the Democratic mayor from 1990 to 1993. Violent crime in New York skyrocketed in the 1970s and 80s, and began to taper off during Dinkins' term, but saw its steepest declines under Giuliani, who served as mayor from 1994 to 2001.  Giuliani, who as mayor was a proponent of controversial policing tactics such as crackdowns on minor quality-of-life offenses and stop-and-frisk, now says that losing ground on crime in the city could have long-lasting effects. Rudy Giuliani has blamed New York City Mayor...
    Rat sightings across Big Apple have reportedly increased 60 percent since city officials slashed the Department of Sanitation's budget by more than $100 million two months ago. The troubling spike in rodent encounters has been attributed to a recent change in procedure spurred by the budget cut in June that reduced trash collections in New York City from daily to just three days per week. In April less than 1,000 rat sightings were reported in the city, but after the collection change was implemented that number ballooned to 1,650 – and city officials say the infestation is getting worse by the week. A number of politicians gathered in Harlem on Tuesday to pressure the city's government to reverse course. New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said the current policy has created a ‘welcome mat for the rats of our city’. ‘These rats have the run of New York City,’...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says some of the 16 coronavirus cases detected in a single Brooklyn neighborhood have been linked to a large wedding - as the city's infection rate falls to its lowest since the COVID-19 outbreak started.  De Blasio said on Wednesday that officials had detected an uptick of COVID-19 cases in Borough Park - a neighborhood that has a large Hasidic Jew population. Some of the 16 cases uncovered in Borough Park have been tied to a large wedding that had more than 50 guests, according to de Blasio. 'Some of these 16 cases are linked to a recent wedding, a large wedding in fact, in the community,' de Blasio said.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says some of the 16 coronavirus cases detected in a single Brooklyn neighborhood have been linked to a large wedding
    Jonathan Cheban wants to sell his apartment in New York City, after his $250,000 watch was stolen during a harrowing gunpoint robbery earlier this month.  'I can't be there. It's very traumatic to be there,' the 46-year-old reality star, known as Foodgod, told Page Six on Monday. 'I want to sell my apartment in New York for sure because I can't imagine living there again.'  While he was robbed in New Jersey, Cheban slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for his lack of action over a recent spike in armed robberies, among Manhattan's Upper East Side.  Traumatized: Jonathan Cheban wants to sell his apartment in New York City, after his $250,000 watch was stolen during a harrowing gunpoint robbery earlier this month 'Daytime, nighttime, afternoon, Midtown, Uptown, Downtown, the mayor has destroyed the city,' he told the outlet. 'It's depressing. It's scary. I was on edge before, but now I'm even more...
    Meaghan Ellis August 17, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is warning New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) of government intervention following another deadly weekend of gun violence. On Sunday evening, Trump retweeted a brief report about the shootings that transpired around New York City over the weekend. With the retweet, he threatened “law and order” if De Blasio does not make strides to combat the growing problem. Law and Order. If @NYCMayor can’t do it, we will! https://t.co/N88GX9Rkc9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2020According to The New York Post, the city’s latest weekend of gun violence left 76 people injured, including 14 that were killed. The bloody weekend is said to be “almost two-and-a-half times more shootings than the same week last year,” per law enforcement sources, the Post reports. In the month of July, New York City saw an alarming gun violence spike...
    Bill de Blasio was captured on camera turning his back on a bakery manager who had asked for help for his struggling business during a 'photo op' with the New York City mayor who was visiting Chinatown to promote local businesses.  In the video, which was tweeted by a New York Post reporter on Tuesday, Patrick Mock, 26, was seen explaining the difficulties 46 Mott Bakery has faced since the pandemic hit the city in mid-March.  'We've been taking a hit since January,' Mock is heard telling de Blasio, who appears to be listening to the man at first.  Scroll down for video   In the video, which was tweeted by a New York Post reporter on Tuesday, Patrick Mock (in front of de Blasio), 26, was seen explaining the difficulties 46 Mott Bakery has faced since the pandemic hit the city in mid-March 'We've been taking a hit...
    A homeless encampment in New York City has thrived on a street corner in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio learning about the encampment three weeks ago and vowing to take action “right away.” About 15 to 20 vagrants have called the intersection between West 24th Street and Sixth Avenue their home, building makeshift shelters out of shopping carts, flower pots, and other items. The group has grown from the two people who camped out there before the coronavirus began, but only one woman was seen wearing a mask, the New York Post reported. As the encampment has grown, it has blocked the entryways to local businesses and deterred potential customers and neighborhood residents from walking in that area. “I have a lot of customers that complain. They don’t want to come down this block,” said Richard Charlton, owner of Sixth Avenue’s A+ Access Locksmith. Charlton, whose business...
    Getty Ramona Singer in 2018 In an August 11 Instagram story, Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying that the city is “disgusting.” In the video, Singer says, “To say I’m mortified and disgusted right now being in the city, the city that I love, New York City, is an understatement. Within one block, two-block radius, I saw three men with their pants down to their knees. Okay, this is not the New York I grew up in, it’s not the New York I have known. What has the Mayor done to our city? What is he doing to help? This should not be. This is not right.” In the first video, Singer tagged both Mayor de Blasio as well as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. She typed under the tags, “Fix our city streets.” In the next...
    Two pro-police groups have filed a lawsuit against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after he denied their request to paint a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ mural in Manhattan, similar to the one Black Lives Matter painted outside of Trump Tower. The lawsuit, filed late Monday by Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing up for NYC in the Southern District of New York, accuses de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of violating the groups’ First Amendment rights. According to the organizations, the alleged constitutional breach stems from de Blasio and Trottenberg allowing ‘city property to be used by private speakers’ – yet forbidding a similar mural in support of law enforcement. ‘The ‘Black Lives Matter’ message is highly political and is generally understood by the public to be and support a general anti-police message, include some extreme measures as defunding the police and ending police activity,’ the...
    Bill de Blasio is officially the 109th mayor of New York City. I say officially because, in reality, he’s New York’s first mayor. The first mayor who doesn’t care about the city. Not all his predecessors were above average, but de Blasio stands out for his indifference. Nothing makes him tick. NEWT GINGRICH: NEW YORK CITY CRIME SKYROCKETS AS MAYOR DE BLASIO SIDES WITH CRIMINALS AGAINST COPS Gotham, the closest thing our nation has ever had to the shining city upon a hill, is in a sharp and obvious downward spiral. With dizzying speed, more than two decades of prosperity and public safety are crashing to a halt. Persistent warnings that the bad old days were coming back were accurate, but in vain. The bad old days are here. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTER Violent crime is soaring, the homeless are everywhere, empty storefronts proliferate and people are...
    Is Mayor Bill de Blasio actually thinking of buying a school-bus company owned by a donor — and assuming its debts? Even he couldn’t be that cynical, could he? As The Post’s Julia Marsh and Sue Edelman reported last week, the city is moving to take over some private bus companies, possibly including one with ties to a de Blasio donor. An industry insider says Reliant Transportation — whose CEO, Alex Lodde, donated $100,000 to de Blasio’s political slush fund in 2014 — is among the companies under consideration. City Hall isn’t commenting on Reliant, but if true, it would set a new low for cynicism, even by de Blasio’s standards. For one thing, as part of any deal, the city would presumably take on the companies’ multimillion-dollar pension liabilities. see also There’s no masking Mayor Bill de Blasios apathy for NYC Bill de Blasio is officially the 109th mayor of NYC.......
    Bill de Blasio is officially the 109th mayor of New York City. I say officially because, in reality, he’s New York’s first mayor. The first mayor who doesn’t care about the city. Not all his predecessors were above average, but de Blasio stands out for his indifference. Nothing makes him tick. Gotham, the closest thing our nation has ever had to the shining city upon a hill, is in a sharp and obvious downward spiral. With dizzying speed, more than two decades of prosperity and public safety are crashing to a halt. Persistent warnings that the bad old days were coming back were accurate, but in vain. The bad old days are here. Violent crime is soaring, the homeless are everywhere, empty storefronts proliferate and people are fleeing neighborhoods that were safe six months ago. And de Blasio shrugs. A toddler get killed by stray gunfire and he says it’s...
    For his Wednesday monologue, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson took aim at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has recently instituted a number of draconian measures, including travel checkpoints and mandated quarantines, in the name of combatting COVID-19. Carlson pointed out the inconsistency of de Blasio-led New York City’s efforts, all while the city continues to face other problems, including crime and homelessness. Transcript as follows: For most Americans who don’t live in New York City, New York is a lot like your half-drunk ne’er-do-well uncle: flashy, loud, always bragging about himself though someone less impressive than he claims to be. You love your uncle. You just don’t want to know too much about his personal life. There’s no question. It is messy and weird. You suspect he owes a lot of people money, you know, he eats with his mouth open. Still, he is your uncle. Your...
    Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday COVID-19 checkpoints will be established on tunnels and bridges leading into the city in order to enforce Governor Cuomo’s quarantine order. The mayor tweeted, “New Yorkers worked too hard to beat back COVID-19 — we cannot lose that progress. 35 states have dangerously high infection rates. We won’t let the virus spread here.” “Today we’re announcing check points at key points of entry into New York City. We’ll educate travelers on the state’s mandatory 14 day quarantine and help them follow the rules safely,” de Blasio tweeted. New Yorkers have worked too hard to beat back COVID-19 — we cannot lose that progress. 35 states have dangerously high infection rates. We won’t let the virus spread here. — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 5, 2020 “Travelers coming in from these states must complete travel health forms to...
    New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of COVID-19 and expressing her disappointment that the health department's expertise wasn't better utilized, Fox News reported. Barbot had clashed with de Blasio and the NYPD in recent months as the city struggled to endure the impact of the pandemic. She will be replaced by Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, a former senior leader at Health and Hospitals. "I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department's incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been," Barbot wrote in her resignation letter. "Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background." De Blasio...
    A man walks into heavy wind and rain along the waterfront of the Hudson River in front of the New York City skyline during Tropical Storm Isaias in Weehawken, New Jersey, on August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar At a Tuesday morning press conference in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias, Mayor Bill de Blasio said a tornado warning was issued for New York City. But the National Weather Service has issued a watch, which means tornadoes may occur based on the kind of storm in the area. A tornado warning is far more rare and means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar and residents need to immediately take action. Follow our live updates of Isaias here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a live press conference that a tornado warning — the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 9,000 restaurants are taking part in the city's Open Restaurants Program that allows them to offer outdoor dining.The city estimates it has saved some 80,000 jobs with the program.Mayor de Blasio announced on Monday that the program would return on June 1, 2021 to further help restaurants in New York City, and perhaps sooner should conditions allow.The Open Restaurant Program allows restaurants to promote open space, enhance social distancing during the pandemic, and earn money and keep people employed.RELATED: Outdoor restaurants get creativeThe city offers two options for temporary expanded outdoor dining:- Open Restaurants - Individual food establishments may apply and self-certify to use the sidewalk or curb lane adjacent to their business.- Open Streets: Restaurants - Community based organizations, BIDs or groups of three (3) or more restaurants on a single block may join together to apply online...
    NEW YORK -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would be in favor of re-examining if the city seal holds up to contemporary scrutiny."It's the kind of thing a commission should look at carefully and decide if it still makes sense for the 21st century," de Blasio said Monday at his daily news conference.A city commission selected the seal in 1914 to unite all five boroughs under one flag and seal.ALSO READ | City officials demand answers after woman's controversial arrest during Manhattan protestJoe Baker, the co-founder and executive director of the Lenape Center, says the Native American man on the seal is "cartoonish" and that the seal ignores the history of violence and destruction inflicted on indigenous people by settlers."It has the little Dutchman and the little Indian, and everyone is standing there in a very erect posture with the eagle above," said Baker. "And the Indian...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The mayor pledged to reexamine the city’s seal on Monday after a WCBS reporter asked if it was “still relevant” in this day and age.  The century-old seal features a Native American in a loincloth and an early settler holding a long rope with a loop at the end separated by barrels, beavers and a windmill. The rope is actually a device called a plummet used to measure the depth of water,  the beavers represent the fur trade, and the barrels and windmill reference the city’s brief time with “monopoly” to mill and export flower.  “This is a little bit out of left field…,” said WCBS reporter Rich Lamb. “It’s a man in pantaloons holding a rope with a loop at the end of it, presumably some kind of trap. And...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio began his daily briefing Monday by addressing the city's uptick in violence by calling for a restart to the court system."We also have to restart all the pieces of the criminal justice system, to make sure that if God forbid, someone has committed an act of violence and means to do harm to their community members that we can do something about it," the mayor said. "So the bottom line is our criminal justice system needs to get back to full strength, our courts not only need to reopen, they need to reopen fully as quickly as possible."Mayor de Blasio noted that the coronavirus created a big disruption and that a lot of NYPD officers and others were sick, so the city and courts had to take precautions."I want to make sure everyone hears that we are all in this together,...
    Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley is calling prominent New York pols seeking support for a run for mayor, The Post has learned. Wiley, a Brooklyn resident, previously served as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top legal counsel and chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. “Maya did reach out to get my support,” said Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepulveda told The Post Sunday. Sepulveda was the first New York elected official to back then-underdog Bill de Blasio’s successful bid for mayor in 2013. “If Maya runs she will be a formidable candidate,” Sepulveda said. “Maybe she thinks I’ll be a good luck charm,” he joked. Sepulveda said he’s spoken to other mayoral candidates and has not pledged for support for anyone — at this time. He did tell Wiley and other candidates he was interested in getting more people of color – particularly Latinos – elected to public office and...
    A homeless encampment in Manhattan’s East Village is growing despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to break up such groups. “The vagrants are living under a stretch of scaffolding along Second Avenue between East Seventh and East Eighth streets, where they’ve arranged cast-off furniture and set up a tarp under which two men were sleeping Friday afternoon,” according to the New York Post. A 78-year-old resident named Olga said the encampment made her feel uncomfortable and made the city dirty and noisy. “There was one woman who was making pee-pee and caca by the bus stop. It was very dirty and disgusting. Nobody wanted to use the bus stop,” she told the Post. However, when CBS 2 political reporter Marcia Kramer recently asked de Blasio what actions he would take to deal with the city’s homeless encampments and other issues, the mayor said, “No question we’ll deal with these...
    Mayor de Blasio came into office on the first day of 2014 with big dreams and bigger promises. He planned to take on all the major issues of New York City, transforming it from top to bottom. The mayor, limited by law to only two terms, has a little less than 18 months left before he leaves office, and economic pressures mean that he won’t have a lot of room to throw his elbows around, fiscally speaking. So it’s worth taking a look at how his performance has stacked up against his promises. Ten minutes after he was sworn in by Bill Clinton that bitterly cold morning, newly minted Mayor de Blasio announced, “We recognize a city government’s first responsibilities: to keep our neighborhoods safe; to keep our streets clean; to ensure that those who live here — and those who visit — can get where they need to go...
    One day after a de facto homeless encampment was cleared from the shadow of City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his self-proclaimed “zero-tolerance” policy had to answer Thursday for three more across Manhattan. Hizzoner was grilled in his daily press briefings about three new camps that have reportedly cropped up in the borough. “Anyone who tells us about an encampment, we’re going to have it addressed right away by Homeless Services, Sanitation, PD,” de Blasio said. “Whatever it takes.” The installations have appeared at West 55th Street and 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, at West 10th Street and Seventh Avenue South in the West Village and at West 24th Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea, according to 1010 WINS. The problem has become so severe that area residents and business owners have had trouble getting into their buildings around the trash-strewn camps, while calls to 311 and the NYPD...
    A PRO-TRUMP artist unfurled a banner depicting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holding the severed head of Lady Liberty, claiming the mayor has turned the city into a “s***hole.” Scott LoBaido hung the 20-by-30-foot “portrait of the king of a**holes” above the Staten Island expressway at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to his Instagram post.  4Artist Scott LoBaido hung his banner criticizing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the Staten Island expresswayCredit: Instagram “Go big or go home! Fux this jackhole!!” LoBaido wrote as part of his caption. The banner over the expressway’s westbound Exit 13B ramp showed a smiling de Blasio wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt and holding a bloody Lady Liberty by her crown. “It’s what he’s doing to New York, he’s severing the head of the greatest city on earth,” LoBaido told the New York Post on Tuesday. The artist from Staten Island...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said Wednesday that the recent crime surge in the Big Apple is due to the coronavirus pandemic. “In New York City, we’ve been the safest big city in America for years,” de Blasio told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “We’ve had a very tough two months — no doubt — and it is directly related to the coronavirus — the dislocation it’s caused, the fact that our court system is not functioning yet, so many factors.” WATCH: New York City experienced a 130% increase in shootings, a 30% increase in murders and a 118% rise in burglaries in June, according to New York Police Department crime statistics. Over the Fourth of July weekend, 64 people were shot and 10 died, The New York Times reported. A one-year-old died July 13 after a drive-by shooting in the city. “The sharp increase in...
    NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's threat to send federal law enforcers to patrol the city is likely not serious but if he did follow through, New York City would take legal action, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday."I have to start by saying this president blusters and bluffs and says he's going to do things and they never materialize on a regular basis," de Blasio said.State and local authorities in Oregon have charged in a lawsuit that masked federal officers have arrested people in Portland with no probable cause and whisked them away in unmarked cars. Trump defended the actions of the federal officers in Portland on Monday and said he would send officers to other cities including New York as well.De Blasio said that if Trump did send federal officers to New York City, "it would only create more problems. It would backfire, it wouldn't make us safer,...
    A pro-Trump artist has put up a banner over the Staten Island Expressway depicting Bill de Blasio holding up Lady Liberty's severed head, as he claims the New York City Mayor is turning the Big Apple into a 's***hole.' Scott LoBaido – who has been painting murals for 25 years – created a mock-up that shows the 59-year-old politician smirking while wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt. He explained about the image that appears as if blood is dripping from the statue's neck: 'It's what he's doing to New York, he's severing the head of the greatest city on earth.' His eye-catching painting came as the real statue - a gift from the French who were allies in defeating the British during the American Revolution - reopened to the public after coronavirus shutdowns.
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took aim at several Democratic leaders during a Tuesday appearance on “Hannity.” McEnany claimed that several Democratic governors — along with Democratic Mayors Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) and Bill de Blasio (New York City) — have “lost control” of their respective cities and states. (RELATED: ‘It’s Absolutely Absurd’: Kayleigh McEnany Quotes Trump On Charges Against Gun-Toting St. Louis Couple) WATCH: Host Sean Hannity introduced McEnany by saying that he did not envy her job in the least. “I don’t think you can pay me enough money to do that job,” he said. Hannity went on to bring up the violence in a number of major cities — some of which have seen a steady stream of violence and unrest since the death of George Floyd in May. Mocking Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who had suggested to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the autonomous zone...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio began his daily briefing Tuesday by paying tribute to CBS2’s Nina Kapur. Nina passed away over the weekend after an accident on a rented scooter. She was 26. “I want to say a few words about a wonderful young woman that we lost way too early, CBS reporter Nina Kapur. A tremendous young talent, filled with potential, filled with a lot of life and energy and compassion. Someone who people just loved to be around, and a great, great future ahead of her. She loved this city. She was positive about the people of this city and loved to be all around the neighborhoods of the city. And we lost her in a tragic accident just a few days ago. So, our hearts go out to her family. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and to all her colleagues in...
    Four staffers in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office have either left or announced their departures within the last week. Two people — Freddi Goldstein, the mayor's top spokeswoman, and Wiley Norvell, the director of communications — left their roles on Friday. Neither is moving on to a new job immediately, according to the Wall Street Journal. Goldstein was with the administration for four years, and Novell worked alongside the mayor for 10 years. Another mayoral spokesperson, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, who also part of de Blasio’s brief presidential campaign, announced on Tuesday she was leaving to become a vice president at public relations firm. Deidrea Miller, a deputy communications director in the mayor’s office, revealed the next day that she is also leaving at the end of the month for a new job. “The team will carry on,” the mayor last Friday. He introduced his new spokesman, Bill Neidhardt,...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a suite of six NYPD reform bills Wednesday, including a ban on chokeholds, while acknowledging concerns that the new laws will make it harder for cops to do their jobs. “People want to be safe. They need to be safe. They want to work with the NYPD and they want respect in turn,” de Blasio said while signing the legislation package in the Bronx after joining activists to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Morris Avenue between between 161st and 162nd streets. “I also want to be honest when there are concerns out there. It makes sense to talk about it, not to run away from it,” de Blasio said. On the bill that will make it a criminal offense for cops to use chokeholds, de Blasio said, “I know many in the police department including many I truly respect are concerned. “Because although they...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a suite of six NYPD reform bills Wednesday, including a ban on chokeholds, while acknowledging concerns that the new laws will make it harder for cops to do their jobs. “People want to be safe. They need to be safe. They want to work with the NYPD and they want respect in turn,” de Blasio said while signing the legislation package in the Bronx after joining activists to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Morris Avenue between between 161st and 162nd streets. “I also want to be honest when there are concerns out there. It makes sense to talk about it, not to run away from it,” de Blasio said. On the bill that will make it a criminal offense for cops to use chokeholds, de Blasio said, “I know many in the police department including many I truly respect are concerned. “Because although they agree...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Wednesday that he would sign a package of police reform bills including legislation banning the NYPD from using chokeholds to restrain suspects sometime on Wednesday, July 15.  The New York City Council passed the sweeping package of police reform bills last month but de Blasio refused to sign the bills after backlash from NYPD officers who said that the legislation would weaken the force amid a new spike in crime.  In June, the number of gun violence throughout the five boroughs spiked significantly compared to last year. Between June 1 and June 30, the city saw a 130% increase in shootings, 250 versus 89 in 2019.   
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