9:35 am Jul. 27, 2012
During his regular Friday morning radio appearance, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slapped down a proposal by mayoral contender Bill Thompson to have the NYPD use stop-and-frisk less frequently, and put more police officers on the streets to help make up for it.
This week, Thompson told the New York Post's Mike Goodwin that, the force "should be above 37,000 officers," noting that right now it stands at around 34,400.
"The force is now about 10 percent smaller than when Bloomberg took office, hitting a reported low of 33,777 in June 2011," writes Goodwin.
"We came into office, we reduced the size by 4 or 5,000 and we've maintained that for ten years, and every year we brought down crime," said the mayor. "What did I miss here? Our job is not to employ as many people and to spend as much of the taxpayers' money as we can. Our job with the police department is to bring crime down."
Unrelated, the mayor criticized a move by some of his fellow big-city mayors to ban or block the expansion of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A in their cities, all of which was prompted by Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's president, who has said his fast-food chain strongly supports “the biblical definition of the family unit."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted by saying he wanted to block the chain's expansion in Chicago, and Boston mayor Thomas Menino said he would block the chain from opening there. Edwin Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, soon followed.
(Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have countered by declaring August 1 Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.)
While he thinks Emanuel, Menino and Lee "are good mayors," Bloomberg said, "I disagree with them really strongly on this one."
"You really don't want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit," he said. "That's just not government's job, and no matter how much you dislike somebody's else's views, think about what would happen in the cities where the views are on the other side."
Bloomberg also said, "It's not going to happen in New York City."
The ACLU has come to the restaurant's defense, arguing that if a mayor can block a restaurant because of its opposition to same-sex marriage, it can also block a restaurant that supports it.
"I don't agree with the ACLU on a lot of things, but in this case they happen to be right," the mayor said.
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