Bloomberg on not being ready to comply with an order to release the 911 report
On the issue of an administration-commissioned report on emergency-response times that he's fought to keep secret, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning, "It was just a bunch of stuff thrown together," and that the administration is considering appealing a court decision requiring its release.
Early this month, the New York Post reported that the administration was trying to quash a city-commissioned outside review of the city's new consolidated 911 call response system, which is more than $800 million over budget. The review reportedly argues that the consolidation of police, fire and emergency service call response units has made the system slower, not faster.
A judge ordered its release on Monday, comparing the administration's desire to withhold the document to the invocation of executive privilege during Watergate.
Today, during his regular Friday morning appearance on WOR radio, host John Gambling asked him about the report.
Bloomberg's said the administration was thinking of appealing the decision. "There's an appeals process, which we can avail of ourselves," he said. "And we're talking about it."
Then he said that to release a preliminary report was akin to a newspaper running an unedited story.
"It's like I said to the newspaper reporters," said the mayor. "And of course, they're afraid to put it in the paper. Well, maybe one did, I think. The first story that the reporter writes, no reputable newspaper would put in the paper that way. You have editors that work with it. You have factcheckers. You may have to talk to your lawyers. and then once you think that it's well done and fair and accurate, in facts and in presentation, then you publish it. Well, it's the same thing here."
Gambling asked if that meant he thought the report wasn't accurate.
Bloomberg said the report was, "just a bunch of stuff thrown together without any, you know."
"If one consultant looks and says, 'Yeah, I think that that wall should be painted blue,'" said the mayor. "OK. Let's talk to the people in the office and see what color they like, and incidentially it's green because we got a special deal on green paint. And by the way, the psychiatrists say green is better for your psyche than blue, or something or other. You don't just go out and publish it."
"We were surprised I think that we lost in court," he added. "It just, you cannot, it can't stand an appeals process, I wouldn't think.
Gambling asked when the report would it would be appropriate to release the report.
"The action report we'll release, yeah, it's almost done," said the mayor. "Yeah. And incidentally, this is all ginned up. It's a union issue."