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Old 05-16-2015, 08:23 AM
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http://nypost.com/2015/05/16/de-blas...eral-san-fran/

De Blasio caps off cross-country tour praising liberal San Fran
By Yoav Gonen, Carl Campanile and Laura Italiano
May 16, 2015 | 2:25am

He’s headed back to New York — but he left his heart in San Francisco.

Mayor de Blasio gushed about the “wonderful” liberal City by the Bay in a radio interview there Friday, as he wound up a four-day trip to promote his progressive agenda — what some wags have called his cross-country “Socialism Rocks!” tour.

“This is a wonderful, progressive town,” de Blasio told listeners on KQED *Radio after being introduced as arguably “the new star of the party’s left wing.”

“I salute the people of San Francisco!” he said, before fielding softball questions from area callers, something he doesn’t do in his more hardball-flinging hometown.

The Frisco fandom was Hizzoner’s latest applause for a city outside New York.

In late April, de Blasio told a Milwaukee audience that people give him the finger when he attends baseball games in New York.

And de Blasio also complained to Rolling Stone magazine that “a lot of people outside New York City” appreciate him more than New Yorkers do, a comment he stood by in an interview with Salon.

But for all the good will from the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, de Blasio, who’s set to return to New York Saturday, has found himself on the outs with key party leaders.

On Thursday, President Obama dismissed de Blasio’s 13-point progressive agenda — which urges such national reforms as a $15 minimum wage, universal pre-K and affordable housing.

“It was basically my agenda,” the president shrugged.

On Friday, de Blasio returned the snub, telling *Salon.com that ObamaCare is all well and good, but “I think we have to go farther.”

In an another interview released Friday, this time with The Nation, de Blasio went further, blasting Washington Dems for not leaning far enough to the left.

“There is a blindness in our party,” he said. “I’ve spoken about the problem of a money-heavy, consultant-heavy political culture,” he added, complaining that “many people in the party have moved away from our historic values.”
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:59 AM
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http://nypost.com/2015/05/16/george-...-as-a-newsman/

Prodigal Hizzoner returns

The Putz is back in the house! Our wandering mayor has wandered back to Gotham to store up on invectives for others and accolades for himself before his next trip to the boonies.

If you have a life, you probably missed his latest barnstorming tour that started in the hinterlands of Washington, DC, where he visited fellow Democrats to demand more money for urban workers’ paradises.

It’s a tough sell he made impossible by denouncing Republicans who control Congress and the purse strings. To the barricades!

Then he was off to the People’s Republic of Berkeley, where he spied a “hunger” for political revolution. His nostalgia for the commie way of life in Cuba and Nicaragua surely struck a chord with the Left Coast lefties.

That’s why you can’t blame Putzie for jetting around the nation — on New Yorkers’ dime, of course. The people out there love him — love him! — while the benighted folk in the five boroughs don’t appreciate our Great Helmsman.

Our parochial little souls are consumed with fears of random gunshots and careening taxis and mad bicyclists. We obsess about fixing schools, cleaning the streets and getting at least half a buck of services for every buck that City Hall spends.

What fools we are! We are missing out on the grand war of our time — the war to . . . what is it again? Oh, right, make war on inequality.

If only we could see what he sees, we’d be cheering him on as he slays the unfair burdens of work, responsibility and liberty.

Let somebody else pay — that’s the Progressive Way!
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De Blasio late for speech honoring dead politician
By Michael Gartland
May 19, 2015 | 1:51am

Mayor Bill de Blasio continued his tardy ways Monday night, showing up 20 minutes late to make a speech honoring the late Rep. Herman Badillo.

De Blasio, who got top billing on the CUNY-sponsored memorial’s program, was slated to deliver remarks at 6:30 p.m., according to his public schedule and event organizers.

But when Hizzoner didn’t show up on time, other speakers rose to take his place, until he ambled onto the stage of Hunter College’s Danny Kaye Playhouse at 6:50 p.m.

Despite being late, just showing up at all got him kind words from Badillo’s widow, Gail, who thanked him.

It was a far cry from what she said about the mayor six months ago when he skipped the late legislator’s funeral in favor of working out at the Park Slope YMCA.

“What a terrible insult,” she said at the time. “Not even a phone call.”
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De Blasio: Not taking agenda national would be ‘malpractice’
By Yoav Gonen and Bob Fredericks
May 18, 2015 | 9:52pm

Mayor de Blasio went back to work Monday after a week gallivanting across the country promoting his “progressive” agenda — and declared it would have been “malpractice” not to take his show on the road.

“You have to walk and chew gum at the same time. I really believe that,” he said during an impromptu visit to the City Hall press room to defend his footloose ways.

“The mayor of New York City is supposed to be a leader in urban America. That’s something that again goes back to La Guardia who helped found the Conference of Mayors and organized mayors around the country to call for the kinds of policies that became the New Deal,” he said, comparing himself to Fiorello La Guardia, the three-term Republican mayor who served from 1934 to 1941.

“The reason you go to Washington, DC, is because that’s where the laws are made, and that’s where the resources are that have a profound effect on this city. To not go there would be malpractice.”

He cited as an example the fight over President Obama’s proposed transportation bill, which could provide billions to the city.

The mayor eased himself back into the work week with staff meetings, a planned dinner with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in Queens and two public events.

The first item on the chronically tardy mayor’s public schedule was a 3 p.m. bill-signing ceremony — which started 13 minutes late.

He signed a handful of bills, including one calling for a “comprehensive cultural plan,” a second requiring accurate price listings for used cars, a third mandating an annual report on hepatitis cases and a fourth requiring more advance notice for hotel developments.

The second event on his public schedule took him to Hunter College to deliver remarks at a memorial honoring the late Rep. Herman Badillo, whose wife, Gail, ripped the mayor when he skipped her hubby’s funeral last December.

“What a terrible insult. What a terrible insult,” she had said on WABC radio. “Here the mayor is supposed to represent all the people, and there are a few Hispanics [in leadership roles] in this city — maybe he should take notice.”

Asked during his press-room appearance about spending more time listening to New Yorkers, a defensive de Blasio said he had no plans for town hall-style meetings.

“I don’t have a specific plan, but what I do all the time is go out around different communities and different settings. I go around all over the place — subways, walking down the street — talk to everyday New Yorkers,” he said.

De Blasio returned to New York Saturday after a four-day trip that began in DC, then moved to San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

While he was gone, the city saw three murders, 13 shootings, a crazed hammer attacker and the funeral of an Amtrak crash victim.
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De Blasio lauds LA’s new $15 minimum wage
By David K. Li
May 20, 2015 | 10:45am

Mayor de Blasio hailed Los Angeles’ new $15 minimum wage on Wednesday and said New York state’s current $9 standard falls well short of what “you could live on.”

The mayor – appearing on CBS’s “This Morning” high atop the soon-to-be-opened One World Observatory – said he agreed with the LA City Council’s action on Tuesday, mandating a $15-an-hour minimum wage in the City of Angels by 2020.

“Yes [I agree with it], think about it this way: We, I think, all used to think minimum wage meant a wage you could live on. Now today in New York City and many other parts of the country, a wage level under $9 an hour, nobody thinks a family could live on that,” he said.

“Even with two [breadwinners in one household] you’d be struggling. That’s why $15, for a lot of the parts of the country, is an organic minimum.”

The New York state minimum wage is now $8.75 and will be $9 by year’s end. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

“This Morning” interviewers didn’t ask de Blasio about any specific legislative plans he has to boost the minimum wage, either here in Gotham or in New York state. De Blasio has previously asked companies to voluntarily pay a $13 minimum.

“There’s been a grassroots effort to demand we re-conceptualize what minimum wage is and look at the costs families face today,” he said. “I think it’s led a lot of governments and a lot of private companies to change their policies.”

De Blasio, once a top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, sidestepped another chance to endorse his former boss’ 2016 White House bid. He’s previously said Clinton, and all other presidential candidates, need to map out a plan to lift the working poor out of poverty.

“I think the the world of her,” the mayor said. “I think she has a very strong progressive history. I think she’s one of the most qualified to ever run for the office, but I think it’s absolutely normal to want to hear a vision for how to address [income inequality].”
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Bratton protesters booted from NYC council hearing
By Michael Gartland and Bob Fredericks
May 21, 2015 | 11:57am


Bratton at the hearing.
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Hate-spewing protesters were kicked out of a City Council committee hearing Thursday morning as NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke about needing more cops — with one loudmouth calling the top cop “a racist son of a bitch!” as he was tossed.

“Everyone wants to get into the act,” Bratton quipped as another anti-cop protester shouted “No new cops, no new cops!”

The outbursts came during a joint meeting of the council’s Public Safety and Finance committees, where Bratton was making his pitch to add 1,000 new cops to the force to fight crime and combat terrorism.

At least five protesters had been ejected as of 11 a.m.

Bratton also defended his “Broken Windows” policing policies, and said decriminalizing certain quality of life offenses — as some council members want — would threaten the city’s record drop in crime.

“While we encourage officers to use their discretion to resolve low level crime and disorder, it is essential to retain the criminal charges that allow officers to exercise that discretion,” he said.

“We cannot decriminalize certain offenses, and thereby disempower officers from maintaining the order New Yorkers want them to maintain.”

He also blamed the deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were executed in Brooklyn in December, on protesters chanting “What do we want? Dead cops.”


A protester stands up and heckles Bratton.


A woman leapt to her feet and shouted “Don’t use black lives matter,” the slogan often heard after the deaths of black men at the hands of white cops in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island, in defense of cops.

Bratton told the council members that the widespread anti-cop protests across the city in the wake of those and other deaths cost the NYPD $37 million.

Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras (D-Queens) eventually cleared the public from the council chamber after Bratton said that all lives matter to NYPD.

Though Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other members support the call for more cops, Ferreras has blasted the NYPD for lack of transparency in its budget as well as not identifying any savings.

The scene was reminiscent of another Public Safety Committee last march where unruly protesters were thrown out after heaping abuse on the commissioner.

Then, about 20 others jumped to their feet and chant*ed “Bratton has to be fired!” before officials booted the hotheads.

Bratton’s remarks come as shootings and the number of shooting victims have spiked this year compared to last.

In response, NYPD brass have ordered narcotics cops to target drug suspects younger than 40, saying they are most likely to be packing heat.
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Approval ratings behind de Blasio’s outer borough roadshow
By Amanda Lozada
May 23, 2015 | 1:09am

Mayor de Blasio ventured to the Rockaways on Friday, continuing his outer-borough charm offensive in the wake of sinking poll numbers and criticism of his progressive wanderlust.

A day after a staged photo-op showing Hizzoner filling potholes on Staten Island , he ventured to Queens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at part of the rebuilt boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

“For the first time since Sandy hit, this stretch of beach will be open to the public!” the mayor said.

The city got $480 million from the feds to rebuild the boardwalk, and de Blasio announced any leftover money “will stay in the Rockaways.”

The second rebuilt section is scheduled to open by July 4, and the project should be completed by Memorial Day 2017, officials said.

Political strategists say it’s no accident de Blasio is taking his show across the city.

“The poll numbers show he’s sinking, so he has to take action,” veteran operative Hank Sheinkopf told The Post. “He’ll be appearing at fires, crime scenes, anything to show he’s the mayor of the city. The people have said we don’t want him to be the mayor of America, they want him to be the mayor of NYC.”

A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed the mayor’s approval ratings plunging at home as he stumped for his progressive polices out of town.
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The city got $480 million from the feds to rebuild the boardwalk, and de Blasio announced any leftover money “will stay in the Rockaways.”

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WTF ? !

480 million ? Even 48 million would be INSANE.

Yeah a board walk where Whites at night would not dare to walk on it for fear of likely being assaulted or worse.

Yes, I do believe they will raid tax even small retirements of Whites coming up shortly with many more tax foreclosures along with more World wide horror to be spent on too.


Plus million's more paid out for invader refugees on our backs. If it gets any worse gulag re education camps will be more than rantings by retards like Jones.

The USFS has NO money for fixing brushing, graveling, or grading rural roads as they have a shortage of personal who actually do ' physical work'.


By the way the mayor does not look healthy or happy.

I certainly hope he doesn't get any urges to jump when he is standing by anything high in elevation.
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You’re 45% more likely to be murdered in de Blasio’s Manhattan
By Larry Celona
May 26, 2015 | 8:28am

Murders are way up so far this year in Manhattan, The Post has learned.

Sixteen people were killed around the borough between the first of the year and Sunday. Over the same period last year, the figure was 11. That’s an increase of about 45 percent.

Shootings in the borough have also soared.

There have been 50 “shooting incidents’’ since Jan. 1, compared with 31 in the same time period in 2014 — an increase of about 38 percent. Some of these “incidents’’ involved more than one victim.

The number of shooting victims nearly doubled, from 33 to 61.

“City Hall better wake up soon,” a police source said. “When murders and shootings go up in Manhattan, everyone is affected,’’ he said, pointing out that crime impacts business, tourism and the city’s economy as a whole.

He said there are a variety of reasons, from the plummeting number of “stop-and-frisks’’ to the fact that the city needs more officers. “The cops’ hands are tied,’’ he said.
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Chirlane McCray gets school-funded trip to Italy
By Rich Calder
May 27, 2015 | 3:11am


Chirlane McCray
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First Lady Chirlane McCray is heading back to Italy — with NYU picking up the $6,500 tab.

The mayor’s office announced Tuesday she will leave Wednesday for a four-night, NYU-sponsored conference in Florence.

The school — which won city approval for a controversial $6 billion expansion in Greenwich Village — is paying McCray’s way. One city official estimated the cost at $6,500.

Mayor de Blasio, an NYU graduate, is skipping the trip for a visit to Albany. The first lady is scheduled to give opening remarks Friday at the conference titled “Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories.”

McCray’s itinerary includes a visit to a local mental-health center with Florence Mayor Dario Nardella.

The event runs from Thursday through Sunday.

“The first lady will travel to Florence to discuss the significant role of art and culture in helping young people develop a healthy self-image,” said mayoral spokesman Peter Kadushin.

An NYU spokesman said, “Ms. McCray was invited . . . in recognition of her interest in culture, particularly as it relates to the African-American community.”

McCray is going back to Italy less than a year after taking a family trip there with the mayor and their kids last July.
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