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Old 06-30-2016, 06:30 PM
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Two more top aides quit de Blasio administration
By Rich Calder
June 30, 2016 | 5:28pm

More top aides to Mayor de Blasio headed for the exit doors Thursday — soon after his counsel disclosed that she was quitting and his social media director fled after just eight weeks on the job.

Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced she was retiring, while Nilda Mesa, who heads the mayor’s Office of Sustainability, said she wanted to “spend time with her family and explore new opportunities ,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The departures were the third and fourth over the past two days.

Scott Kleinberg, hired in May as City Hall’s new social media director, took to Facebook Tuesday to say he couldn’t work any more with “political hacks” and “a boss who just couldn’t get it.”

De Blasio’s counsel, Maya Wiley, said she’s stepping down next month to become director of the police Civilian Complaint Review Board and to teach at The New School.

Wiley came under criticism in May for delivering legal advice that the mayor’s communications with five outside consultants were shielded from public disclosure because there were “agents of the city.”

She’ll be leaving as the mayor tries to navigate through multiple probes surrounding his campaign fundraising.

Mayoral press secretary Karen Hinton, who resigned earlier this month, has previously said she was sometimes stymied while doing her job by information flow problems at City Hall.

Responding to the loss of key employees, Hinton’s replacement, Eric Phillips, said “every administration deals with staff turnover. This is par for the course, and it’s a natural time in any mayor’s term for these transitions to happen.”

George Arzt, a veteran political consultant who served as press secretary to former Mayor Ed Koch, agreed that those thinking of leaving were best off doing it this year.

“This is the most opportune moment to leave. It’s bad optics to leave in an election year,” said Arzt, referring to Hizzoner’s bid for another term in 2017.

“They’re announcing all these departures right before the July 4th holiday, when you want to dump news.”

Lloyd served as DEP commissioner under former Mayor Bloomberg before de Blasio appointed her to her to a second stint in 2014. Lloyd has been on medical leave the past month, and city officials said her decision to retire was health related.

One official added it had nothing to do with heat she took earlier this year when the mayor insisted poor communication within his administration caused the New York Times to incorrectly report he was withholding capital funds and delaying construction on a critical pipeline to bring water to Brooklyn and Queens.
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De Blasio responds to ex-social media director’s parting shots
By Rich Calder
July 1, 2016 | 6:21pm


City Hall named Scott Kleinberg (left) social media director on May 3. Photo: Twitter; Chad Rachman


Mayor de Blasio said Friday he has “no clue” why his social-media director quit after just two months on the job, quipping that he “wouldn’t know him from a hole in the wall.”

The mayor’s pointed remarks following an NYPD graduation at Madison Square Garden were aimed at Scott Kleinberg, the ex-Chicago Tribune columnist who was hired in May.

Kleinberg took to Facebook Tuesday to explain he was leaving because he couldn’t take working with “political hacks” and “a boss who just couldn’t get it.”

When asked by The Post if he believed the “boss” Kleinberg was referring is Director of Creative Communications Rob Bennett or the mayor himself, De Blasio shot back, “I have no clue. I never met the guy.”

He added: “I wouldn’t know him from a hole in the wall, and I have no idea what motivates anyone to that early on in a job — leave the job, and then comment publicly. It doesn’t seem … professional.”

Besides Kleinberg, three other tops city official announced their departures this week: Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd; de Blasio’s counsel, Maya Wiley, and Nilda Mesa, who ran the mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Responding to the latest exodus, De Blasio claimed morale in his administration is just fine and that a flood of departures is normal for any administration.

He also said he believes the resignations have nothing to with multiple ongoing investigations into his campaign funding.

“Personnel changes happen all the time,” he said “… It is just the normal course of government. I spent a lot of my life building teams, and [City Hall has] a very, very strong team.”
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Cops write fewer tickets for loud disturbances as complaints rise
By Dean Balsamini and Aaron Short
July 3, 2016 | 2:52am

New Yorkers want their neighbors to pipe down — and the cops to listen up.

City dwellers made 80,752 noise complaints in the first three months of this year, up 18 percent from the same period last year when 68,166 calls were made, according to 311 records.

But police wrote only 475 tickets for loud disturbances in that time — a 65 percent drop from the first quarter of 2015, when cops doled out 1,340 summonses, records show.

Tickets for noise complaints have dropped steadily in the last four years. In all of 2012, cops wrote 10,387 noise tickets. In 2015, cops wrote only 4,034 noise summonses, NYPD records show.

Lack of enforcement hasn’t stopped New Yorkers from sounding off on 311.

New Yorkers made more than 200,000 noise complaints in the first six months of this year, the city says.

A majority of those complaints — 104,531 — were over loud music and parties, while 34,460 concerned banging or pounding sounds. There were 20,709 complaints over loud talking and 18,640 over construction noise.

Manhattanites made 68,690 noise complaints to 311, more than any other borough. The largest number of calls came from Inwood and Washington Heights, which together logged 12,352 noise complaints.

“Sometimes at 3 a.m. when people get off bars, it’s noisy here,” said a store manager at Premium Deli in the uptown neighborhood.

Asked why noise summonses have declined, the police department issued a statement saying officers “use their discretion” in responding to complaints.

The City Council and district attorneys have played a big part in the reduction of noise summonses by enacting laws and policies that de-emphasize enforcement of quality-of-life offenses, said John Jay College professor Joseph Giacalone.

“The poor cop in the radio car is saying, ‘Do we enforce it or don’t we?’ ” said Giacalone, a retired detective. “You don’t want to get caught between de Blasio and [Council Speaker] Viverito.”
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Rikers Island guards to receive shotgun training
By Yoav Gonen and Rich Calder
July 4, 2016 | 1:34am

The city’s Department of Correction was supposed to be kindler and gentler under Mayor de Blasio, but its Emergency Services Unit is now using pellet-firing shotguns on Rikers Island as part of a new training program, The Post has learned.

The Kel-Tec shotguns — which can also fire regular ammo — are a stark departure from current techniques used by the 198-officer unit that normally defends city jails with batons, pepper spray and shields with a Taser-like electric current.

The DOC in March inked a three-year, $1.2 million contract with Virginia-based US Corrections Special Operations Group to provide new training that includes learning to use the shotguns.

The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association and unit members said the move is puzzling.

“Officers are being written up all the time and charged with using too much pepper spray, yet here we are on Rikers practicing with rubber pellets shooting shotguns,” one unit member said.

The mayor’s office and the DOC refused to say whether the shotguns would eventually be used in city jails, raising questions about why the city would spend $1.2 million for training on weapons the officers may never use on the job.

A COBA spokesman said the union “has serious concerns about” whether the guns are safe.

DOC spokeswoman Eve Kessler said, “This training furthers our efforts to modernize our Emergency Services Units to ensure that they learn best practices and have the tactical skills to respond to dangerous situations safely and quickly . . . in the jails or in the city at large.”
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