Mayor Michael Bloomberg today challenged the notion, endorsed by some of this year's mayoral candidates, that New York City needs more police officers.
As long as you can manage not to crash your vehicle into something or someone, you can more or less go ahead and ignore the speed limit in Bushwick, the Upper West Side or East Harlem, where in March, a tractor-trailer killed Amar Diarrassouba, who was six.(5)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Tuesday came out in support of more speed cameras at New York City intersections, but on the question of more red-light cameras, Quinn's staying mum.(2)
When asked if he'd "get rid of Ray Kelly," Thompson replied, "It's not about Ray Kelly. I think he's done an excellent job and I happen to personally like the commissioner."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be unilaterally lessening the penalties of weed possession in New York City, but he said today he is strongly opposed to its legalization.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
Bill Thompson, the former comptroller and Democratic mayoral nominee, stood patiently behind Al D’Amato in the ballroom of the Hilton New York this morning, as the Republican former senator talked to a scrum of reporters about why he's supporting Thompson.(2)
During his regular Friday morning radio show, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent a lot of time talking about his bike-share program, which is set to roll out this spring, nearly a year behind schedule.(6)
Former police commissioner Bill Bratton, who has been publicly ruminating about returning to his old job recently, thinks that crime will be a big issue in next year's mayoral elections.
Between 1992 and 1995, New York City hired more than 10,000 cops. Now, many of those cops are nearing retirement (police officers can retire after 20 years). At the same time, crime levels have been trending upward. "I think all of the mayoral candidates understand that this is going to have to be one of, if not their top priorities going back into office, compounded by the large number of officers leaving," said Bratton last night on Inside City Hall.(1)
The Bloomberg administration is taking on many cyclists' worst fear: getting "doored."(1)
As cycling advocates continue to ask for better traffic enforcement to reduce pedestrian fatalities, the Bloomberg administration today drew attention to a separate pedestrian-safety effort.(1)
A neat bundle of olive drab baggage was sitting a few feet away from the animal, on the edge of the sidewalk. I took it to be the belongings of a crusty punk. Crusty punks, drifters who combine the grunge of hippies and the combat-boot toughness of punk rockers, have been an East Village/Lower East Side staple for decades. On 14th Street, they traditionally squat near the corners of Third, Second and First avenues, panhandling with cardboard signs and empty cups. Often, a lone crusty punk will travel with a dog, for protection. But where was this dog’s owner? The sight of his belongings near the wounded dog was ominous.
During his regular Friday morning radio appearance, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slapped down a proposal by mayoral contender Bill Thompson to put more cops on the streets, and defended fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from Mayors Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), Tom Menino (Boston) and Edwin Lee (San Francisco), all of whom have said that, thanks to the Chick-fil-A president's opposition to same-sex marriage, the fast-food restaurant is not welcome in their cities.
Amid all the talk about gun control, City Council members today launched an effort to address violence of a more prosaic sort: car crashes, and what councilmembers described as the police department's inadequate methods of investigating them.