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The Bobster 06-01-2016 08:39 AM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

Here’s why no one likes de Blasio
By Michael Goodwin
May 31, 2016 | 11:33pm

The hostess of the elegant dinner party had one rule: No talk of the presidential campaign. With supporters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the table, the inevitable squabbling would spoil the evening.

However, one political topic was on the menu: Mayor Bill de Blasio. The reaction when the hostess mentioned his name was unanimous: Yuck!

So it goes in the Season of Corruption, with New Yorkers transfixed by one of the largest and most far-reaching municipal scandals in modern times. Somewhere, the villainous ghosts of Tammany Hall resent the competition.

The possibility that de Blasio committed crimes by doing favors for donors is the focus of sprawling investigations by state and federal prosecutors. While the sordid revelations dominate the news, they obscure the fact that a more mundane version of pay-to-play is a permanent feature of Dollar Bill’s approach to government, and it hasn’t stopped.

Indeed, he is in a frenzy to keep his name in the headlines for something other than possible criminal conduct. What better way than to hand out free stuff?

In recent days, the mayor announced programs to provide free lawyers for immigrants :mad: and Weight Watchers benefits for city employees, and promised that City Hall would conduct a rent strike against bad landlords whose tenants are on welfare.

In other words, even if de Blasio isn’t selling the city to donors, he’s giving it away to his supporters.

Corruption comes in all flavors, and size certainly matters. Yet de Blasio’s mayoralty stands apart from recent predecessors’ in that virtually everything he does leads back to personal politics. He has never stopped campaigning because he doesn’t know how, and doesn’t want to learn. Politics isn’t just his career. It’s his oxygen.

Even longtime supporters call him “transactional,” meaning he’s always eager to make a deal if it helps him. These days, helping him means building support to stave off prosecutors, winning a second term and building a national reputation as a progressive leader.

But even perfectly legal deals can be corrosive to public trust, and it’s clear de Blasio is guilty as charged. He makes no pretense about serving the city as a whole or all the people in it. He is there to represent the people who support him. Everyone else can take a hike and they know it.

That selfish mindset is increasingly common among America’s political class, but New Yorkers largely were spared the experience. Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg are celebrated for making the city safer and more livable in their combined 20 years at City Hall, but get too little credit for something else they shared: a view of public service that went beyond self-interest.

Sure, each had ambitions and neither was a virgin about horse-trading. But they didn’t wake up each day looking to advance their careers at the expense of the city’s future. They saw the purpose of government as helping to set a climate for families and businesses to thrive, and they believed in the obligation to help those who couldn’t help themselves. But neither aimed to buy votes by providing womb-to-tomb entitlements for one and all.

Most important, their personal integrity was taken for granted.

All that is history now, with his predecessors’ approach Greek to de Blasio. Even before he took the oath of office, he set up his first slush fund — the Campaign for One New York — to harvest money from people with business before his office.

He claimed, and still does, that he needed extra millions to push through his universal pre-kindergarten program in Albany, but, in fact, there was little opposition. Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature signed on, and the state paid for most of it.

Yet to this day, de Blasio’s chief instinct is still to turn his mayoralty into a permanent campaign for himself. He’s not pragmatic in that he sets out to solve problems. He is ideological to the core, animated by an us-against-them view that sees New Yorkers as widgets on a political chessboard. He even set up what critics called a “shadow government” to get his way.

Race, ethnicity, religion, gender, geography, income — these are the fault lines he exploits to divide people. The common good doesn’t have a seat at his table or a prayer.

The Bobster 06-01-2016 08:43 AM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

Sensitivity rules are turning our cops into shrinks
By Tina Moore and Bruce Golding
May 31, 2016 | 11:36pm

NYPD cops are about to become street shrinks, under new rules that require them to use calming phrases when they have to subdue dangerous disturbed people, The Post has learned.

The touchy-feely mandate is part of a broad series of changes to the “use of force” guidelines that Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in October — following the mistaken take-down and false arrest of tennis star James Blake and the chokehold death of fat nigger Eric Garner.

“I am [name] and I’m here to help :rolleyes:,” officers should tell an emotionally disturbed person on the street, according to the 16-page pamphlet’s directives, which go into effect Wednesday.

The cops also are told to listen closely and, “Identify what the subject wants so you can determine solutions that incorporate the concerns of the subject.”

The instructions include “Emotional labeling” — by saying to the person, “You seem [insert appropriate emotion].”

Cops told The Post the rules are absurd, as most of the disturbed people they encounter on the street won’t listen to reason. “You know what most perps say if you talk to them like that? ‘Get the f–k out of here.’ It’s laughable,” a high-ranking official said.

The pamphlet also lists several obvious signs that someone is out of control, including screaming, cursing, balling his or her hands into fists and sweating profusely.

“By lowering their emotional state through de-escalation, you may be able to appeal to their rational mind, which may enhance the probability that the subject will voluntarily comply,” the booklet says.

Other changes include a mandate that cops fill out a new “Threat, Resistance or Injury Incident Worksheet” every time they fight with a suspect or use pepper spray or a Taser.

A supervisor also will be required to investigate any time someone is injured or there’s an allegation of brutality.

Furthermore, the new rules explicitly prohibit cops from using force to keep suspects from swallowing illegal drugs or to remove them from someone’s mouth or other orifice, and from using a Taser on someone handcuffed behind their back.

The booklet is based on a newly created section of the NYPD Patrol Guide.

Cops blasted the mandatory investigation of all low-level violence and brutality complaints as stacking the deck against them.

“They want the supervisor — probably a lieutenant — to interview the perp and ask him, ‘Do you think the officer did anything wrong?’” a source said.

“That’s so stupid. What’s he gonna say? ‘No, it’s OK for him to kick my ass’?”

Meanwhile, the court-appointed monitor of the Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” program on Tuesday asked a federal judge to sign off on a recommendation that the “mere presence” of someone near a building enrolled in an anti-trespassing program “is not sufficient to establish reasonable cause for a stop.”

The Bobster 06-01-2016 06:11 PM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

Charter school blasts Mayor de Blasio as saboteur
By Selim Algar
June 1, 2016 | 3:45pm

Furious Success Academy officials announced the cancellation of their pre-K programs for next year and blasted Mayor de Blasio for sabotaging their effort to provide parental school choice.

“It is unbelievably sad to tell parents and teachers that the courts won’t rescue our pre-k program from the mayor’s war on Success in time to open next year,” Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said in a statement.

The charter school network operated three pre-K programs in Harlem, Williamsburg and Cobble Hill and planned to open two new locations next year.

But the group refused to sign a contract with the city that entitled them to pre-K funding because they said it transferred too much power over their programming to city hall.

“The contract forced on charter schools by the administration strips charters of their autonomy over curriculum, regulates the school day down to the minute, and arbitrarily limits field trips, among other overreaches,” the organization said in a statement.

Success Academy is seeking relief in court but said Wednesday that the case would not be resolved in time to operate next year.

De Blasio has countered that other pre-K charter providers agreed to sign the contract and that it served as a mechanism to ensure quality.

“For the first time, every child in New York City has access to free, full-day, high quality pre-K programs across district, charter, parochial and early education centers,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Devora Kaye.

“The State upheld our important standards to ensure all programs are high quality, and we look forward to welcoming more charter schools and organizations across every neighborhood to Pre-K for All to provide families with this critical year of academic learning,” she said.

But in an open letter to de Blasio, a group of Success pre-K parents argued that he was scuttling their access to broader school choice.

“When you made the decision to withhold funding for Success Academy’s pre-k you sent a clear signal to charter school families like ours that politics is more important than our children’s education,” the letter reads. “To say we are disappointed would be a massive understatement.

“You say you care about inequality, and yet you keep working-class families who cannot afford private school or to move out of the city from getting access to world-class education, our ticket to equity. We will not forget your hypocrisy.”

The cancellation will force pre-K parents who won lottery spots for Success schools to now scramble for new programs, the organization said.

The DOE said they will provide pre-K enrollment specialists to assist Success students find new programs.

The Bobster 06-02-2016 10:26 AM

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NYPD brass cut language to just ‘stab’ or ‘slash’
By Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
June 2, 2016 | 1:53am

The NYPD has banned use of the word “cut” in reports about slashings and stabbings — and laid out painfully obvious definitions for cops to rely on when recording the attacks, The Post has learned.

A memo that went out Friday specifies that a slashing is “a forceful sweeping stroke with an edged weapon that causes a laceration,” while a stabbing is “a thrust or plunging motion with an edged weapon that causes a puncture wound.”

The memo orders cops to indicate which type a victim has suffered.

Cops were dumbfounded by the directive — which comes amid a nearly 11 percent spike in knife attacks this year — with one source saying Commissioner Bill Bratton could use it to obfuscate surging crime rates.

“I think it prepares the commissioner for future press conferences, so when reporters ask for statistics, he can just pull out a piece of paper and present these new data sets,” the source said.

Another cop blasted the definitions as insulting to the rank and file.

“It’s pretty silly saying you can give police officers a gun and badge, and put faith in us to make judgments in life-and-death situations, then say, ‘I don’t think you understand what a stabbing is,’ ” the source said.

“What do they take us for, idiots?”

NYPD brass defended the order as an unprecedented attempt to “get as granular as we can” in analyzing the incidents.

“We feel good that at least going forward now, we’ll have an easier time and a better process in place to pull out the data that we need,” Deputy Commissioner of Operations Dermot Shea said.

As of Monday, there had been 1,796 stabbings and slashings this year, up from the 1,623 recorded during the same time period last year.

Bratton has blamed the increase largely on domestic violence.

The Bobster 06-03-2016 06:01 AM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

Comptroller report blasts ACS’ juvenile delinquents program
By Michael Gartland
June 3, 2016 | 1:59am

A city program for 560 low-level juvenile delinquents experienced “pervasive mismanagement” — even though it cost taxpayers $85,000 a year per child, a report says.

The report, released Thurs*day by city Comptroller Scott Stringer, took the Administration for Children’s Services to task.

Deputy ACS Commissioner Jill Krauss said the agency has “added experienced staff to monitor the safety of programs.”

The Bobster 06-03-2016 06:06 AM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

The de Blasio’s are strapped for cash
By Rich Calder
June 3, 2016 | 12:38am

Mayor de Blasio seems to be having a hard time paying the bills.

With a second kid heading off to college last year, the mayor took out a loan of between $5,000 and $48,000 from HSBC Bank, according to his financial disclosure forms for 2015 released Thursday.

De Blasio gets free housing, food and transportation as perks of the job.

But he’s also paying off three mortgages totaling more than $1.1 million, records show.

The latest loan was taken out at a time when Burrhead de Blasio, 18, was starting at Yale University, where tuition, room and board runs roughly $60,000 year.

The mayor’s drug-addicted daughter, Ciara, attends Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit institution that charges about $61,000 for tuition, room and board. :eek:

De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton declined to comment when asked if the new loan was due to the added tuition costs.

De Blasio, who earns $225,000 as mayor, rented out three apartments in two homes he owns in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The disclosure form, which offers only a general range of income, says de Blasio and his nigger wife, Chirlane McCray, earned between $59,000 to $161,000 from the rental units.

The Bobster 06-03-2016 06:25 AM

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De Blasio: Cuomo administration is out to get me
By Yoav Gonen
June 2, 2016 | 10:38pm

Mayor de Blasio charged Thursday that Gov. Cuomo’s administration is out to get him and said the latest attack by the governor “doesn’t surprise me.”

De Blasio repeated his charge that ties between officials at the state Board of Elections and Cuomo’s office were at the heart of a probe into the mayor’s 2014 fund-raising on behalf of state Democrats.

He suggested the board’s leak of a confidential memo that detailed the findings of the probe was similarly political.

The memo was written by Risa Sugarman, an elections lawyer who had worked for Cuomo.

“A report was created by someone who had a particular employment history and the report, although looking at a period of time when many, many people and institutions were involved in those elections, surprisingly only focused on one person,” the mayor said at a Police Department event.

That person was him.

De Blasio didn’t back off the charge even though a inspector general’s probe found the memo was leaked by Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin, who was appointed by Republicans.

De Blasio shrugged off that distinction since Cuomo has formed an alliance with Republicans.

“The lines between Democrats and Republicans often blur in Albany,” he said.

A day earlier, Cuomo called the mayor’s accusations against public servants false and reckless and suggested that he apologize.

De Blasio replied Thursday, “That’s not gonna happen.”

And asked how he felt about Cuomo “impugning” his integrity, he said, “Doesn’t surprise me.”

In response, a Cuomo spokesman said the mayor “continues his own reality of the grand conspiracy theory against him.”

The two men, who have been feuding for months, had tried to make peace over a branzino dinner in December.

But the meal didn’t go down well, with de Blasio saying only that the get-together was “constructive.”

Before the mayor’s blow-up with the governor last year, Cuomo had claimed their relationship was strong.

“Our personal relationship is not an issue,” the governor told Albany’s “Capitol Pressroom” radio show in June 2015. “Bill and I will be friends after these jobs are over.”

The Bobster 06-04-2016 09:03 AM

Re: De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick

De Blasio says investigations are just part of the job
By Yoav Gonen and Kirstan Conley
June 3, 2016 | 10:19pm

He’s the only city elected official known to be under investigation — but Mayor de Blasio insists probes of those in public office are a dime a dozen. :rolleyes:

“I think investigations are unfortunately, in modern American public life, they are part of the woodwork now,” the mayor (left) said Friday on NY1.

During an appearance on WNYC radio, he also said the public shouldn’t make too much out of the investigations. :rolleyes:

“People who have done nothing wrong still get investigated,” de Blasio said.

The mayor’s fund-raising efforts on behalf of several entities are being probed by the US attorney and the Manhattan DA, while a suspicious real- *estate move by the city is being looked at by four *investigative bodies.

Asked about his recent public squabbles with Gov. Cuomo, de Blasio didn’t sound overly optimistic the pair would be singing “Kumbaya” any time soon.

“Hope springs eternal, and you know, there’s always a chance that things in any relationship can be worked out,” he said.

The mayor also again declined to apologize to state workers for saying they were out to get him because of their ties to the Governor’s Office — which Cuomo said they deserve.

“In this case he has been proven definitively wrong,” Cuomo said at an event in Melville, LI.

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