New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denied Friday knowledge that a senior health official in his own administration rejected a request from the NYPD for face masks during the pandemic; telling reporters “I don’t know why I wasn’t informed but I wasn’t informed.”
“I’ve talked to Chief Monahan and I will be speaking to Commissioner Barbot this weekend,” the mayor said.
“I’ve been speaking with the commissioner constantly throughout this and I remind you we have a team of health care leaders and I’m speaking to any number of them each and every day,” he added. “A couple days ago was the last time I talked to the commissioner, and again we’re going to have a more detailed discussion this weekend. This has been going on for months now, we’ve all been communicating constantly.”
The following press release was sent out this evening, within an hour of a NY Post article being published online. The comments made by Dr. Barbot, an appointee of Mayor de Blasio, are despicable, and will not be tolerated. Stay safe and remain steadfast and vigilant. pic.twitter.com/FsdtBHKFEp
— SBA (@SBANYPD) May 14, 2020
A backlash grew in New York City this week after the Health Commissioner reportedly shot-down a request from the NYPD for face masks; allegedly telling the police department “I don’t give two rats a**es about your cops.”
“Dr. Oxiris Barbot made the heartless remark during a brief phone conversation in late March with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday,” reports the New York Post.
“I don’t give two rats’ a**es about your cops,” Barbot said, according to sources. “I need them for others.”
“What I find disturbing is that this conversation happened two months ago, that the mayor himself was made aware of it and nothing was done,” said the President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.
“I need to understand what happened here, it does need to be addressed,” de Blasio said. “If it is accurate, the commissioner needs to apologize to the men and women of the NYPD.”
Read the full report at the NY Daily News.
BUSTED! Latest Suspect to Throw Water on Police Officers ARRESTED in New York City
The “tough guy” featured in a viral video spraying NYPD Officers with water was arrested in New York Thursday; with police bosses saying this type of behavior “will never be tolerated” in the Big Apple.
“The tough guy who confronted two NYPD traffic enforcement agents doing the job taxpayers want & expect them to do has been arrested. Brooklyn resident Steven Larosa, 35, is charged with Harassment and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Such behavior will never be tolerated,” posted Commissioner O’Neill on social media.
The tough guy who confronted two NYPD traffic enforcement agents doing the job taxpayers want & expect them to do has been arrested. Brooklyn resident Steven Larosa, 35, is charged with Harassment and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Such behavior will never be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/ppWoqnSJdb
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) August 1, 2019
New York lawmakers introduced legislation this week that would make it a felony to douse Police Officers with water; a direct response after multiple videos went viral showing members of the NYPD attacked with buckets during the recent heatwave.
“This is disgraceful,” Assemblyman Mike LiPetri of Long Island said of the incidents. “The men and women in blue are people in our neighborhoods. Let us not forget that these officers took a sacred oath … We believe it is time that we return to a society that understands the fundamental belief in right versus wrong.”
President Trump weighed-in on the controversy last week, writing “We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well.”
We love our Law Enforcement Officers all around this great Country. What took place in NYC with water being tossed on NYPD officers was a total disgrace. It is time for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio to STAND UP for those who protect our lives and serve us all so well…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted Bill de Blasio last Monday after footage emerged of local teens dousing NYPD officers with buckets of water; saying this “disrespect” for uniformed police never would have happened on his watch.
“This disrespect for the uniform in NYC is result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor. This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. It will only get worse until these Left wing idiots are defeated,” posted Giuliani on social media.
BUSTED: NYC Mayor Reportedly Used $3M NYPD 'Counter-Terror' Jet to Fly Home from Vacation
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio found himself in hot water this week after he reportedly used a $3 million “counter-terrorism” government plane to fly home from a personal vacation in Canada.
According to the NY Post, de Blasio used the jet to fly from Quebec back to the Big Apple where he was set to deliver in address in the Bronx; returning to the Canadian province later that day.
“NYPD is transporting him in their plane,” de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips told the Post.
“It is very unusual to go on an international flight to go pick up the mayor,” said an inside source close to the police department. “I think it’s excessive, because that wasn’t what that plane was designed to do. It’s designed for counterterrorism measures. To go to Canada to get the mayor? It’s excessive.”
“Neither the NYPD nor the Mayor’s Office would say who decided to use the plane, how much the trip cost taxpayers or why the mayor didn’t take a commercial flight — which is about $300 round-trip,” writes the Post.
Read the full story at the New York Post.