On radio, de Blasio warns bad drivers, defends McCray
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday the city is continuing to crack down on bad drivers, and warned of the consequences motorists could face if they do not follow new traffic safety measures.
"We're doing a lot to go after bad drivers. It's working more and more and there is a lot more consciousness out there," de Blasio said during an appearance on Hot 97's morning radio show.
"People who for example do not yield to pedestrians could very well suffer the consequences and that's important, that's how we change things," he said.
The City Council passed de Blasio's 11-point Vision Zero package earlier this month as part of his plan to eliminate all pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist deaths in New York City.
It was de Blasio's fifth appearance on the hip hop radio station. He has appeared before to promote universal pre-kindergarten, tout the city's dropping of a legal challenge to policing restrictions and declare his support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to allow hospitals to dispense marijuana for medical reasons.
In a lighter moment, speaking to show host Ebro Darden, who is soon to become a father, de Blasio said he had spent the weekend with his family and celebrated Father's Day by going to a movie on Sunday.
"We went to a very elite performance of '22 Jump Street,'" de Blasio said, adding his daughter Chiara was home from college, and that it was his son's Dante's idea to go see the movie.
De Blasio also reminded New Yorkers to sign up for universal pre-K plans and after-school summer programs as the school year comes to an end.
"We're doing a lot these next couple of days on pre-K and after school," de Blasio said. "We're trying to make sure that all parents of pre-K kids are signing up for our new pre-K program."
He also took the opportunity to once again defend his wife, first lady Chirlane McCray, from critical coverage in the city's tabloids following an interview with New York magazine in which she talked about motherhood.
“The bottom line is, that was really inappropriate,” de Blasio said. “She’s an extraordinary mother; she’s an incredibly devoted mother and you can see how wonderful these children are, and she deserves the lion’s share of the credit."
He then went on to give Darden advice: “If you ever feel like you don’t know what you’re doing as a parent, you’re normal. Ebro’s going to need some peaceful meditation and some yoga.”