Tag: de Blasio, Bill

Why ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Inflamed Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods

During Michael R. Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor of New York City, police officers stopped and questioned people they believed to be engaged in criminal activity on the street more than five million times. Officers often then searched the detainees — the vast majority of whom were young black and Latino men — for weapons that […]

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New York to Use 18,000 City Workers to Identify and Help Homeless

New York City will direct more than 18,000 of its municipal workers to use 311 to give social service workers real-time information to help them steer the almost 4,000 people who live on the streets into shelters. The effort, known as Outreach NYC, is the latest attempt from Mayor Bill de Blasio to tackle perhaps […]

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Bloomberg for President? ‘No Way,’ His Successor Says

Mayor Bill de Blasio, not far removed from his own failed presidential bid, said on Monday that there was “no way in the world” that his predecessor in City Hall, Michael R. Bloomberg, deserved the Democratic nomination for president. “This is a Democratic Party today that’s getting more progressive, that wants to address the concerns […]

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Could a Retired General Become New York’s First Female Mayor?

The boxing ring can be a weary, but trustworthy, motif for the underdog candidate, a place where would-be mayors and governors put on the gloves to show how they would fight for constituents. And so it was that Loree K. Sutton found herself one morning at the Trinity Boxing Club in Lower Manhattan, where many […]

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Don’t Let Party Hacks Hijack Election Reform

In the coming weeks, New York could adopt a strong system of public financing of elections and help bring good government to Albany. Or it could set up an incumbent-protection racket. Guess which way things are leaning? The long fight for public financing in New York State got a big break this year, after Gov. […]

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For Third Time, Mayor Passes Over a Black Chief to Run the N.Y.P.D.

The top black police official in New York City, Benjamin Tucker, went to Gracie Mansion on Sunday expecting the mayor to ask him to take the reins of the nation’s largest police force. Only days before, the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, had quietly and abruptly informed Mayor Bill de Blasio that he would be […]

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Dermot Shea: What We Know About the N.Y.P.D.’s Next Commissioner

Dermot F. Shea, the Police Department’s chief of detectives, was named New York’s next commissioner on Monday, succeeding James P. O’Neill as the leader of the largest police force in the United States. In announcing the change, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed Chief Shea, who spent four years overseeing the department’s data-driven CompStat program, describing […]

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Why 250 Miles of Bike Lanes Are Being Built

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of light rain and a high in the low 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (All Saints Day). ImageCredit…Shravya Kag for The New York Times New York was never exactly laid out as bike-friendly city. “Our streets have been really poorly planned in a piecemeal fashion,” Corey Johnson, the […]

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After Spike in Deaths, New York to Get 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars. The dangers came into focus this year after 25 cyclists were killed on city streets — the highest toll in two decades. The spike in deaths has set off criticism that […]

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New York’s Race to Build Monuments Runs Into Friction on the Ground

A vote this month over one of New York City’s new, more inclusive monuments became so combative — with audience members shouting “How dare you!” — that the acclaimed artist who won the commission walked away from the job. And many Catholics were incensed when City Hall omitted Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, […]

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Inside the Last, Desperate Days of de Blasio’s 2020 Campaign

As the end of his presidential bid beckoned last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio furiously worked the phones, trying to forestall the inevitable. He called longtime political allies and associates he hadn’t spoken to for years. He told people that he wasn’t interested in small donations from casual supporters. What he needed — to help […]

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Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die

Davon Washington thought he was going to die last year while handcuffed and shackled inside a small, dark cell in an upstate jail more than a hundred miles north of Rikers Island in New York City. City officials had transferred Mr. Washington from Rikers to the jail in Albany, N.Y., after he was accused of […]

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The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Episode 15: ‘Segregated City’ Producer/Director Sweta Vohra Two teenagers — one black, the other white — growing up a few miles apart have had two very different experiences in the New York City public school system. The gap in the quality of their education has likely put them on unequal paths for the rest of […]

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Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System

Even as New York City has recorded a sharp plunge in crime in recent years, its jail complex on Rikers Island has been plagued by levels of abuse, neglect and mismanagement that have turned it into one of the country’s most notorious correctional facilities. The dismal conditions have set off waves of protests, lawsuits and […]

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‘Racist’ Snub of Mother Cabrini? Cuomo Needles de Blasio

If Mayor Bill de Blasio and the actor Chazz Palminteri got into a dispute, which side do you think Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would be on? A few hints. Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio, both Democrats, are New York’s most famous frenemies, and the governor seldom bypasses a juicy opportunity to tweak the mayor. […]

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Debating Historic Monuments, Live on Radio, in Time for Columbus Day

Weather: The sky clears as the day goes on, with a high in the low 70s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Columbus Day and Sukkot. ImageCreditMike Pont/Getty Images for Bronx Children’s Museum The dust-up, on live radio, between an Italian-American actor and a progressive Italian-American mayor over an Italian-American saint, was just in time for […]

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A Floating Jail Was Supposed to Be Temporary. That Was 27 Years Ago.

On a mid-September day in 2008, Marvin Mayfield, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, discovered a part of the borough he had never seen. The revelation came while he was being taken off a Department of Correction bus, placed in a single-file line with 10 other men and led over a gangplank. Mr. Mayfield, then […]

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Alec Baldwin Gripes About Tour Boat ‘Scam,’ and N.Y.C. Cracks Down

Alec Baldwin considers himself a consummate, “savvy” New Yorker, and like most, he is not exactly bashful about expressing his views. Mr. Baldwin, known to have a fiery temper, has gotten into well-publicized spats about on-street parking, opined about how the city is becoming a “mismanaged carnival of stupidity” and got outraged after receiving a […]

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