Latest Bill de Blasio News

Classic campaign event draws Democrats to South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe...

After White House bid, back to NYC? Mayor's zeal questioned

Sep. 8, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has stamped a tentative expiration date on his long-shot presidential campaign, some New Yorkers are wondering whether the Democrat will recommit himself to leading the nation's largest city or spend his last two years in office nursing grievances and...

NYPD: Fewer arrests since 'I can't breathe' officer's firing

Sep. 4, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Arrests totals in New York City have plunged in the two weeks since the police department fired an officer for the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, pointing to a possible slowdown amid a heated response to the firing from the officers' union. Felony arrests are down about 11% and...

De Blasio: I make October debate stage or I may drop out

Sep. 4, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who failed to qualify for the September Democratic debate, said Wednesday that he may end his long-shot campaign for the presidential nomination if he doesn't qualify for the October debates. De Blasio said it's "really tough to conceive of continuing" in...

NYC's West Indian parade brings cultural pride to rainy day

Sep. 2, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Steel bands and revelers sporting elaborate feathered costumes, Caribbean flags and some rain ponchos marched and danced Monday in a West Indian American Day Parade dampened by weather and awash in cultural pride. The annual parade in Brooklyn is one of the nation's largest celebrations of...

NYPD moves to 'victim-centered' approach on sex crimes cases

Aug. 29, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the most concrete changes in the New York Police Department's evolving approach to sex crimes sit some 20 feet apart, flanking the lobby of a century-old Bronx police station that was known in the neighborhood's more turbulent years as "Fort Apache." The first is a new waiting room,...

Police union wants mayor, commish out over Garner firing

Aug. 28, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's largest police union says the mayor and police commissioner should lose their jobs over the firing last week of an officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. Police Benevolent Association delegates unanimously approved no confidence resolutions Wednesday calling for...

NYPD moves to 'victim-centered' approach on sex crimes cases

Aug. 28, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the most concrete changes in the New York Police Department's evolving approach to sex crimes sit some 20 feet apart, flanking the lobby of a century-old Bronx police station that was known in the neighborhood's more turbulent years as "Fort Apache." The first is a new waiting room,...

Garner's family seeks mayor's testimony on chokehold death

Aug. 27, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's relatives asked a court Tuesday to force New York City's mayor and police commissioner to answer questions under oath as the family seeks to pull back the curtain on the investigation into his 2014 chokehold death. Garner's mother and sister, joined by police reform advocates,...

Where Garner died, changes in policing win little applause

Aug. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police cruiser constantly sits a few feet from a small floral memorial to Eric Garner on the Staten Island sidewalk where he spent his dying moments five years ago. Tompkinsville Park, which police were targeting for patrols when they encountered Garner selling loose, untaxed cigarettes,...