Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio stunned residents across New York City Friday during his weekly press conference; saying it’s his “mission to redistribute wealth” across the five boroughs.
“We have a lot to go over today… Very important report looking back on the protests in May and June. It’s a clear, objective report… We needed objective, unsparing looks on what happened in May and June,” said de Blasio.
“I am confident we can do that work. We will implement the recommendations,” he added. “Changing police culture, that work must be done… Our mission is to redistribute wealth.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our mission is to redistribute wealth." pic.twitter.com/42Dv9tsRK0
— The Hill (@thehill) December 18, 2020
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— Gothamist (@Gothamist) December 18, 2020
“Its a season of reflection right now. That’s what the holidays are. I’m reflecting on what happened in May and June and I look back with remorse. I wish I had done better, I want everyone to understand that,” the mayor said. “And I’m sorry I didn’t do better and I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons and I want our police department to do better, and I’m gonna insist upon that.”
Watch the Mayor’s comments above.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: 2 NYPD Shot, 1 Stabbed, Mayor Says Protests Remind Him of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
Two members of the NYPD were shot in Brooklyn overnight Monday and another officer stabbed in the neck as protesters defied an 8pm curfew imposed by beleaguered Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The melee unfolded when a suspect approached a cop on Church Avenue near Flatbush Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. and stabbed him in the neck, a police source said,” reports the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the mayor faced a growing backlash after saying the violent situation reminded him of John Lennon’s utopian anthem ‘Imagine.’
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "I don't mean to make light of this but I'm reminded of the song 'Imagine' by John Lennon." pic.twitter.com/ElerZgB2y3
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2020
“I don’t mean to make light of this. But I’m reminded of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. We played it at my inauguration! What about a world where people got along differently? What about a world where we didn’t live with a lot of the restrictions that we live with now,” said De Blasio. “We’re not there yet. The protest movement themselves is how we make progress!”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: Mayor Admits Rich Residents Fleeing NYC, But ‘They’ll Be Replaced Sooner or Later’
Embattled New York Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected growing criticism that rich residents are fleeing the Big Apple in record numbers; admitting some folks are abandoning the region but will be “replaced sooner or later with people that want to be here.”
“People are not going anywhere. That’s the central mission. Many people are deeply focused on this question. I don’t think the whole picture is being looked at. We’ve got eight million people who are not going anywhere,” said De Blasio.
Bill de Blasio: "There will be a huge number of people who want to be in New York City." pic.twitter.com/kGwqVkLLKX
— The Hill (@thehill) September 2, 2020
“A small number of people are choosing to go someplace else… There are still people coming in too. The vast majority of New Yorkers are standing and fighting, they’re loyal. Some people will go away, they will sooner or later be replaced by people that want to be here,” he added.
Watch de Blasio’s comments above.