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http://nypost.com/2016/10/03/assault...significantly/

Assaults on NYPD officers are ‘up significantly’
By Tina Moore
October 3, 2016 | 7:00pm

While major crime continues to drop in the city, there is one group of victims that has been increasingly targeted for assault — police officers, authorities revealed Monday.

NYPD Deputy of Operations Dermot Shea said there has been a 23 percent increase in attacks on cops so far this year compared to the same period in 2015 — and the troubling statistic could be related to the department’s increase in gun arrests.

“As gun arrests go up, we’re seeing our assaults on police officers … up significantly,” Shea said.

“Gun arrests in New York City, up 11.6 percent for the year, very interesting to note, and the correlation that could be there as we reduce some of the misdemeanor and violation arrests and continue our focus on drivers of violence and other crimes in New York City,” he said.

There have been 995 assaults on cops so far this year compared to 804 in the same period last year, he said.

The 23 percent increase is “further evidence of our officers putting themselves in harm’s way,” Shea said.

The scary jump reflects a national trend, which includes an increase in the number of US officers killed in the first half of the year. There were 67 law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty between January and July 20, or five more than for the same period last year, according to previously released statistics.

The local cop-assault numbers were released at a news conference at One Police Plaza attended by Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who was leading his first monthly crime briefing as the city’s top cop since taking over for former Commissioner Bill Bratton last month.

“The hard work of the men and woman of the NYPD is self-evident, but it is also supported by sustained reduction in crime,” O’Neill said.

“With September’s sharp reductions in every major crime category, on top of a historically low-crime summer, we are posed for a terrific fall season.”

There were 2,322 fewer so-called index crimes reported as of the end of September over the same period in 2015, or a 3 percent drop, officials said. There were also 97 fewer shootings so far this year, for a 10.9% drop, and 10 fewer murders, or a 3.7% decrease.

Domestic violence was one area that hasn’t decreased, with a nearly 3 percent jump.

Last week, five of the 10 homicides tallied by the NYPD were domestic in nature, officials said.

Index crimes include burglary, robbery, rape, assault, grand larceny auto, shootings and murder.
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De Blasio sees slight uptick in poll numbers despite probes
By Michael Gartland
October 6, 2016 | 12:13am

Despite multiple investigations focused on his administration, voters are feeling better about Mayor de Blasio these days, according to a poll released Wednesday.

De Blasio’s approval rating now stands at 40 percent, says the Wall Street Journal/NBC4 New York/Marist poll. That’s up from 35 percent in the same poll in April. The poll also found that 50 percent of registered voters think de Blasio deserves a second term — up from 43 percent who felt that way last November.

In a Democratic primary against possible challengers such as jew Comptroller Scott Stringer, spic Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., nigger Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and former shanty Irish City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 42 percent of voters said they would vote for the incumbent.

De Blasio faces a half-dozen investigations into his fund-raising, nonprofits and a controversial nursing-home transaction.
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De Blasio’s tantrum shows just how thin-skinned he is
By Todd Venezia
October 6, 2016 | 7:11pm

Awww, does Little Billy need a time out?

Mayor de Blasio acted like a colicky infant at a press conference Thursday, refusing to answer questions posed by a New York Post reporter and then saying it’s because the paper is not a “real” media outlet.



“You can keep trying, man. You can talk all you want,” he said, interrupting a question by City Hall bureau Chief Yoav Gonen about a controversial teacher annuity fund that cost taxpayers $1.2 billion last year.

As Gonen persisted, de Blasio whined: “I’m calling on real media outlets.”

The petulant child’s routine immediately backfired when other reporters, shocked at his behavior, grilled him about why he refused to respond to The Post.

“I’m saying what I think is the truth. And by the way, I think the people share a lot of my views,” he told a Wall Street Journal reporter who questioned his antics.

“I’ve got no use for a right-wing rag that attacks people who are good public servants and tries to undermine their reputations.”

He also ranted about a New York Post article that revealed how his administration boosted the number of special assistants on his staff to 264 — a 140-percent increase over Mayor Bloomberg — at a $18.7 million cost to tax payers.

Though he didn’t challenge the accuracy of the report, he complained that the Post singled out one of the “public servants,” Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise.

“This man is not anything but a change agent, an activist, a man — and go ask people in the disabled community. So I’m not playing that game,” he said.

His meltdown continued as reporters tried to ask him out some of the other scandals engulfing his administration.

He fumed when a Newsday journalist asked about Monday’s death of an abused 6-year-old Harlem boy — and if he would keep his word about releasing details of how ACS let the child’s case slip through the crack despite prior complains against the boy’s mom.

“Don’t even try that, come on, come on . . . try and ask a real question,” he snapped.

When another scribe tried to press the question about the city’s lack of transparency in little Zymere Perkins’ death, the mayor implied the Manhattan DA’s office had asked him not to speak about it and fumed: “I don’t know why you’re not hearing my point. . . You really have to try to listen to what I’m saying.”

The mayor’s media meltdown drew criticism from his former press secretary, Karen Hinton.

“I’ve given him advice before about this very topic,” she told NY1 after the debacle. “Losing your temper with the news media does nothing for you except get you stories about losing your temper, which is I’m afraid what we’re going to see this afternoon and tomorrow.”

City Councilmember Eric Ulrich (R-Queens), who is considering a 2017 run for mayor, said de Blasio just can’t handle the spotlight.

“Mayor de Blasio is thin-skinned and unable to handle even the slightest criticism,” he said. “Every elected official is subject to public scrutiny, and Mayor de Blasio is no exception.”

Last month, Hizzoner similarly refused to answer a question from The Post about the credentials of a contractor that is training the Emergency Services Unit at Rikers Island.

Asked whether the contractor had prior experience in corrections, the military or law enforcement, de Blasio accused The Post of playing games.

“We’re just not talking about it, dude,” he said.

When he was done with the media, de Blasio brought Hillary Clinton into the mix without provocation — by invoking her name when asked about statements he’s made claiming that investigations of public officials are inevitable.

His office and affiliated non-profit, The Campaign for One New York, are under at least a half-dozen investigations by city, state and federal agencies – including for potential pay-to-play schemes.

“The next president of the Unites States has gone through more investigations than I can count,” de Blasio said. “And I would remind you, go to the end of the road on all those investigations, you will find positively nothing and she’s about to be the next president of the United States.”
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Lawmakers denounce de Blasio for calling constituents heartless
By Yoav Gonen
October 6, 2016 | 12:42pm

A group of Queens elected officials on Thursday denounced Mayor de Blasio for calling their constituents heartless in a video posted by City Hall for opposing a homeless shelter.

The 86-second clip produced by the mayor’s office shows city officials ushering homeless children from the Bellerose shelter on a field trip to the Manhattan Children’s Museum on Sept. 24 as protesters rallied outside.

It also quotes Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks as saying the protesting residents “want to throw [the children] into the streets.”

“I was appalled by that video, that propaganda video,” said State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens). “I’ve never seen an administration go to that length to try and justify a failed policy. That was to me a sign of desperation.”

Addabbo and State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said their constituents’ anger was largely sparked by a lack of communication from the mayor’s office and Department of Homeless Services.

They say the administration has often given them no notice that homeless shelters are coming to their districts, or that hotels are being converted for shelter use.

Peralta even went as far as saying he was lied to by DHS when he asked about a shelter opening up in his district – which it did two months after he was told it wouldn’t.

“That was their frustration. So to use that and turn it around and say, ‘Oh these people could care less about homeless’ – I think that was low,” said Peralta. “I think that was a political ploy. I think that was a political tactic you see in dirty campaigning during election time.”

The Post reported last month that the city’s use of hotels to house homeless individuals has jumped by 50 percent since February — from 2,656 in February to nearly 4,000 in July – despite a pledge by the mayor that the practice would be reduced and ultimately halted.

City officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Crybaby de Blasio spends day hanging out anywhere but City Hall
By Jennifer Bain and Bob Fredericks
October 7, 2016 | 11:54pm


Bill de Blasio leaving Gracie Mansion to go to the gym. Photo: David McGlynn


Being mayor of New York City is no sweat for Bill de Blasio.

A day after he declared The Post was not a “real” media outlet, Hizzoner hardly looked like a real mayor — spending Friday at the gym and then lounging around his old neighborhood without ever going to the office.

De Blasio left Gracie Mansion at about 7:45 a.m. and showed up a short time later at the Y in Park Slope looking like an aging frat boy in an orange T-shirt under a black “Brooklyn” hoodie.

He finally emerged at about 10:10 a.m. wearing a suit, but — much like his public brush-off of Post City Hall Bureau Chief Yoav Gonen a day earlier — he still wasn’t in a talking mood.

“He’s not going to make any comment,” one of his reps said as Hizzoner was shielded by his security detail.

De Blasio then kicked back for hours at his favorite Park Slope haunt, Bar Toto, with an unidentified guest.

De Blasio — who had no scheduled events Friday and was jetting off to Detroit on Sunday to campaign for Hillary Clinton — then vanished, never showing up at City Hall.

When asked for an accounting of the mayor’s taxpayer-funded day, spokesman Eric Phillips would only say, “The mayor had a series of meetings in Brooklyn on Friday.”
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Number of homeless living in hotels doubles in two months
By Yoav Gonen
October 7, 2016 | 8:50pm

The number of homeless housed in hotels by the city has soared 50 percent in just two months – from 3,990 in July to 6,000 this month, The Post has learned.

The surge comes despite a pledge by Mayor de Blasio in February to “utilize hotels less and less and, as quickly as possible, to stop using hotels,” following the murder of a homeless woman and her two kids in a Staten Island hotel.

There were 2,656 homeless people in hotels at the time, with an average room cost of $161 per night.

The growing crisis has led to protests in parts of Queens, where residents have railed against the administration for plunking down homeless hotels with little notice.

“Hotel conversions should not be an option when creating shelter capacity,” Council member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens) said at a press conference at City Hall this week.

“Not only is it illegal in New York City, it is inadequate and wrong.”

There were 59,928 homeless individuals staying in shelters and hotels as of Thursday.

Emails obtained by The Post reveal that the surge in hotel use was predicted by de Blasio lobbying pal James Capalino, who in early 2015 questioned why the administration had enacted a moratorium on new “transitional” apartments for the homeless.

On Jan. 15, 2015 Capalino emailed then-Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to express concern that the Department of Homeless Services had been “told to suspend development of shelters/transitional residences,” even though he had clients ready to create them.

“Given that residences such as we are proposing are much more appropriate for housing families in transition than hotel rooms, etc., we believe that it makes sense for the city to create a pipeline of these projects (which will take 12-18 months to build) so that as they come on line, the less appropriate units that the city is now using can be ‘shed,’” Capalino wrote.

In response, Barrios-Paoli the moratorium. was temporary.

Neither Barrios-Paoli, who has left the administration, nor Capalino would comment on the exchange.

One homeless services provider confirmed there was a moratorium in place starting in late 2014 – after City Hall faced a backlash for opening more than a dozen shelters in rapid succession with little notice to the public.

That led to more reliance on commercial hotels, which, unlike the traditional shelters, don’t require contracts and are subject to less public review, the provider said.

Still, city officials maintain that de Blasio never requested a moratorium and instead sought a comprehensive plan for combating homelessness.

They said the surge in hotel use is a temporary side-effect of their withdrawal from other shelter sites – known as “clusters” – that have a history of poor conditions.

“Since the city has a legal obligation to provide shelter, we have to use commercial hotels as a temporary bridge until we can build more shelters that will allow homeless families to stay in their home boroughs,” said Homeless Services spokesman David Neustadt.
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De Blasio doesn’t want anyone to see pics of guns, drugs seized in schools
By Carl Campanile and Susan Edelman
October 8, 2016 | 1:56am

The city wants to keep the public from seeing the guns, blades and drugs seized at public schools — and threatened to punish any school safety officer who leaks photos of the contraband, The Post has learned.

The head of the officers’ union charged that the order came straight from Mayor de Blasio, who promised to bring more transparency to city government, but has been slammed by critics for doing the opposite.

“This is another attempt by Mayor de Blasio to keep the public in the dark about what’s going on in the schools. This is coming from City Hall,” said Gregory Floyd, head of Teamsters Local 237, which represents school safety agents. “He wants to fudge the numbers.”

Floyd said he got a threatening call from a lieutenant in the NYPD’s Brooklyn South headquarters asking how the Teamsters union got hold of photos of a BB gun confiscated Wednesday at Erasmus Hall HS.

Department brass also sent out a harshly worded warning ordering the school cops not to take or release photos.

“Under NO circumstances are [members of Service] allowed to take photographs of weapons, dangerous instruments and/or contraband confiscated or found on school grounds and forward the photographs [to] anyone outside of the police department without authorization,” it read.

News of the policy came the same week that three students were caught bringing pot to school — with one packing heat as well.

On Friday, a 16-year-old student brought a loaded handgun and six bags of weed stuffed inside his socks to Murry Bergtraum HS, which is just steps away from Police Headquarters, cops said.

Keanu Lopez was pulled aside by a teacher after a fellow student said the suspect smelled of weed, and was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon.

On Wednesday, a female student showed up to a Queens high school with 15 nickel bags of marijuana and a scale in her backpack — but she was let off with just a summons.

And a 15-year-old was arrested Friday at Flushing HS for bringing 13 bags of marijuana to school, cops said.

Ironically, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, commanding officer of the 109th Precinct in Flushing, tweeted out a photo of the seized pot later Friday.

Floyd said the city was getting too permissive by giving law-breaking students a pass, he said.

“They let her [the Queens girl] go to sell again. I’m surprised they didn’t give her back the marijuana,” he said.

City Hall did not respond to a request for comment.
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De Blasio plays nice with reporter after tantrum
By Kevin Fasick and Kathianne Boniello
October 8, 2016 | 6:26pm

Hizzoner finally found his manners!

Mayor de Blasio was all smiles Saturday with The Post as he left a Park Slope coffee shop with wife Chirlane McCray, just days after petulantly slamming the paper and its City Hall Bureau Chief, Yoav Gonen, at a news conference.

“Have a nice day my friend. Thank you!” grinned the perpetually off-duty mayor, who waved as he walked away, in full normcore mode in a navy T-shirt, black pants and sneakers.

It was a suddenly-much more congenial de Blasio, who has been roundly criticized for his colicky Thursday whine fest, in which he had the temerity to call The Post a “right-wing rag,” refused to answer questions and declared, “I’m calling on real media outlets.”

On Saturday, he hit one of his favorite Brooklyn java spots, Colson Patisserie on 6th Avenue and 9th Street, before spending nearly 90 minutes at the Prospect Park YMCA.

It’s been a lazy weekend for Hizzoner, who had no public events scheduled Friday, when he was spied by The Post sporting — no surprise — a T-shirt under a black hoodie.

The mayor is set to visit Detroit Sunday to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Mayor de Blasio’s rant at The Post is good for a laugh
By Bob McManus
October 9, 2016 | 6:29am

So New York City has a mayor with feet almost as big as his mouth, a fellow who can’t quite figure out how to get to work on time or what to do when he arrives, whose poll numbers have been underwater since roughly two weeks after he took office — and who’s now having a rant at The New York Post.

No false objectivity here: I love the New York Post. I worked for the old gal for so many years that the number scares me just thinking about it.

And I agree that the paper has much for which to answer; name one that doesn’t. But the New York Post hasn’t been under federal, state and local criminal investigation for the past two-plus years, either — which, ahem, is more than can be said of Bill de Blasio.

Which certainly could explain why Hizzoner’s been so testy lately; US Attorney Preet Bharara just dropped the hammer on the Cuomo administration, and maybe the mayor figures he’s next. And for sure it could account for his exasperation with The Post — which regularly hauls out the big type to report on his endless adventures with Bharara, state investigators and the Manhattan district attorney. Plus bums in the streets, chaos in the schools and rip-offs of New York’s sorely pressed taxpayers.

Then again, maybe not. For the mayor, it’s always about the *ideology.

“I’ve got no use for a right-wing rag,” de Blasio blurted Thursday — explaining his refusal to take questions from The Post’s City Hall bureau chief. Petulance is a mayoral privilege, of course, even if it is an unconventional approach to communicating with the public.

But “right-wing”? That’s pretty rich, coming from a fellow who honeymooned in Havana after spending college summers cutting cane with the comrades in Sandinistaland. Anyone standing a tick to starboard of Bernie Sanders would check the box in this mayor’s tally book.

Why else would he have spent weeks questioning Hillary Clinton’s progressive credentials before finally bestowing his nihil obstat last spring? It was a bewildering miscalculation for which the mayor, and his city, are likely to suffer should the former first lady become president in January.

Clintons have long memories.

Or maybe not so bewildering. Bill de Blasio esteems himself to a degree not remotely commensurate with his accomplishments. He viewed his election as a personal affirmation, and as a rocketship ride to national prominence. But in fact it merely reflected the non-participation ethic that informs New York politics these days.

That is, winning 70 percent of the vote in an election where scarcely 20 percent of the electorate turns out is not a mandate, it is a starting point. A wiser mayor would have understood this, and set about building a base.

De Blasio did nothing of the sort. Quite the opposite.

Right off the bat, he engineered a jailbreak for a storefront bishop from Brooklyn being held on a warrant violation — further alienating one of the most important constituencies any mayor can have, the already profoundly suspicious NYPD. (The bitterness lingers, and no longer will be mitigated by the presence of a brilliant police administrator, Bill Bratton.)

He hired an advocate, not an expert, to run the city’s social services. No surprise that Grand Central Terminal is once again up to its scuppers in vagrants and worse.

He padded the topmost echelon of his administration with fellow Service Employees International Union/1199 alumni. No surprise, then, that 1199 is a vector in at least two de Blasio administration scandals — the Rivington House nursing home deed transfer and the Long Island College Hospital land conversion.

And so it goes. Covering the de Blasio administration is like throwing darts at a wall covered with party balloons: Just about every toss, something’s going to pop.

There’s the police-corruption scandal; the campaign-donation probe; the not-for-profit solicitation outrage; and just now The Post reports that de Blasio has stocked his personal staff with 264 taxpayer-funded “special advisers” — that is, operatives who shortly will peel off and kick-start his 2017 re-election campaign. Your cost: $18.7 million a year. (How many child-welfare case workers might that buy?)

Now, The Post didn’t discover all of this. But it did its share — and it didn’t stint on the drama along the way. This is very much in a New York newspaper tradition that stretches back to the 1734 criminal libel trial of John Peter Zenger and his New York Weekly Journal — another “rag” that delighted in vexing pompous, sometimes duplicitous politicians.

Zenger beat the rap, of course, establishing the basis for the First Amendment to the US Constitution and setting a precedent that most New York politicians have respected ever since: Newspapers have a right to publish just about anything they damned well please. Even when they are, in Bill de Blasio’s view, an “ideological apparatus” that constitutes “a very negative presence in our city.”

Now, any mayor willing to pack his personal staff with 264 political moles is presumptively an expert on ideological apparatuses. De Blasio deserves that much.

But a “negative presence?” Better men than the mayor have weathered worse; most, like de Blasio, have deserved every word of it. And the Republic has prospered.

So tough noogies, Mr. Mayor. Get over yourself.
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Complaints about city street cave-ins jump 43%: report
By Aaron Short
October 9, 2016 | 5:44am


A large sinkhole appeared in Sunset Par, Brooklyn. Photo: Splash News


These are New York City’s hell holes.

City residents made 4,175 “cave-in” complaints between July 2015 and June 2016, a 43 percent increase from the same period four years ago, when New Yorkers reported 2,926, according to the Mayor’s Management report.

City transportation workers took two days longer to respond to the asphalt emergencies over the past fiscal year, from an average of 2.5 days in FY 2015 to of 4.6 days in FY 2016, the records show.

The city describes cave-ins as “irregular-shaped deep holes where the street has collapsed,” not the “shallow” potholes that workers can patch up in a few minutes.

Water that seeps underneath a street and deteriorating infrastructure are often the culprits of cave-ins, according to city officials.

In August 2015 a 20-by-20-foot chasm opened at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, on the edge of Sunset Park. Another sinkhole swallowed a special-needs bus on Creston Avenue in The Bronx two days later.

This year, police had to close 56th Street in Sunset Park when the street gave way in March. Building inspectors also evacuated a building near Union Square in May thanks to a sidewalk sinkhole.
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