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Rafael Pineiro. You heard it hear first. Ok, my guess on who will be the next police commissioner is based on nothing. Just a hunch. Bill Bratton is the higher profile choice. And Bill de Blasio will likely select him to solidify his own credentials. But I wouldn't be surprised if reporters start googling Rafael Pineiro tomorrow.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appointed three key members of his administration today. De Blasio tapped Anthony Shorris to be his first deputy mayor. The former executive director of the Port Authority will run day-to-day operations and help negotiate new contracts with municipal unions.
De Blasio also announced Dominic Williams, who was his chief of staff when he was public advocate, will assist the new first deputy. And Emma Wolfe, one of the key figures behind de Blasio's mayoral triumph, will be his director for intergovernmental affairs.
Several other high-profile appointments may come this week, including who will lead the Police Department. Many political insiders are speculating former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is the favorite. An announcement of the next schools chancellor is also expected soon.
What's your reaction to the appointments made by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today? What should their first order of business be in the new year? Would you welcome Bill Bratton back as police commissioner? Who would you like to see lead the Department of Education?
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Mayor-elect Diblasio appointees seem alright i dont know that much about them yet, their first order of business should be getting the unions new contracts eduction affordable housing and public safety. Everyday i watch the news i see someone getting mugged or worse its a dam shame when a child or anyone get caught in the crossfire, more cops need to be hired but there should be new policies ond stop and frisk
upper west side
Guess we are in trouble with Anthony Shorris of the Port Authority. First the bridges and their tolls and now let us see what this bureaucrat has in store for NYC.
It doesnt matter who he appoints where We are heading towards another Dinkins administration and the city will be more divided than before. I am just hoping that 4 years of this guy and his wife and i will be able to afford to live here again
Jim- a displaced new yorker
Can only afford to live way out in the burbs or in Jersey
Are Bratton and Kelly the only two folks who can run the NYC police force?, I don't think so, we need a new voice and a new vision for the police department
My question is why is it taking so long to appoint the others in his administration. The security of our city is the most important and secondly the school chancellor followed by a deputy and so on. Now what happened to everyone that disappeared the day of the awful metro north train crash makes me question in my mind one thing and one thing only. What would have happened if we were hit in one way or another [GOD FORBID] would Cuomo have called out the national guard or what? It is something for us to think about. Everyone had an excuse and not reason for everyone to be somewhere all at the same time and the city was just left to a hand full of people.
I do welcome Bratton back providing he finishes the job because he seems to leave his employments early for one reason or another. My honest opinion is this in that I personally don’t believe that DeBlasio is ready for this job. I think this mayor elect is just going to appoint the different people to positions and they alone will be making the decisions accordingly.
Thank you John,
Emma Wolfe did a phenomenal job over the last year, was a pleasure to work with and was respected by all campaign entities. I am so pleased to see her get this post!
Well, de Blasio is getting right down to business. Three dunderheads are chosen.
Port Richmond, SI
I believe that Mayor Elect DeBlasio has made good choices based upon his experience with these people and his knowledge of their work background. I would welcome Bill Bratton back to the NYPD and would be happy with anyone who is leading the Department of Education providing it is not anyone currently working inside DOE Central and it must be someone who has a public education background - either as an experienced teacher or administrator, someone who knows the ins and outs of the public school classroom.
Arden Heights, Staten Island
I'd like to see Mr. Di Blasio appoint William Bratton as the next PC. Mr. Bratton will continue to drive crime down, work with minority communities, & also repair CompStat. He was a cops cop & gave officers computers in every vehicle & many other tools.
FINALLY, PEOPLE WITH GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE NO EX CEOS NOW HURRY UP AND REPLACE RHEA, KHAN AND WALCOTT.
I think a plan to adjust all NYC students to the new common core education standards should be the first order of business.
Bill Bratton will be the Police commissioner. The other two candidates was part of the Kelly Team and did nothing to end racial profiling and never spoke out on behalf of the community.
I am not familiar with Bill Bratton back in the days because, I was very young. In terms of education, I think it has to be somebody from outside that understands all aspects of education. The special ED students has always been ranked last, it's time to put them in the front.
Eric, Webster ave, Bronx, NY
I think Carmen Farina would be perfect for the job if she's willing to come out of retirement.
Listen if Bill De blasio wants to serve the people of New York City the right way, he should pick New Idea.
1. Bratton introduced Compstat ( bad for the people)
2. Banks not a good Leader, doesnt care, how you get the job done, just do it. And he is not well like within the ranks, cops dont like him much, so his leadership would be in jepordy.
3. Piniero, has the ranks, but doenst have what it takes to be a leader.
A better Pilice Department with new Idea. All 2 stars and up should hit the door.
While former Comm. Bratton is a great choice, Chief Philip Banks worked his way from Police Officer to Chief of the NYPD. That is alot of patrol and hard work along the way. He will well respected throughout the community and the department. I commend Chief Banks and believe he would be a great Commissioner.
And as another caller mentioned, he has youth and energy on his side.
Minority groups have put untold pressure on the mayor-elect to pick a minority NYPD Commissioner. We will see a Hispanic or Black police commissioner come January 1st. It's a given.
Just might be the best thing having Bratton return in this expensive town full of nuts.
Richmond Hill Queens.
Do we really need to bring someone back who has already served? Different times calls for different ideas and methods. Are we afraid to give others an opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the city? Passing the ball, is what a team needs to win.
Bill DeBlasio can put Markowitz for the DOE. She had succeeded with her charter schools, so she could manage the Department to have better education.
For police commissioner post and every other position .. New people please... With new ideas to level the playing field and change the status of a tale of two cities to one great inclusive city.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE EITHER PHIL BANKS CAUSE HE CAME UP IN THE RANKS AND KNOWS THE JOB AND UNDERSTANDS SOME OF THE INJUSTICES THAT STOP AND FRISK WHEN APPLIED WRONG CAN DO OR BILL BRATTON BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY COMMISSIONER THAT PUBLICLY STATED THAT HE WOULD NOT TOLERATE CORRUPT OR HEAVY HANDED COPS AND WOULD HUMILIATE THEM FOR ABUSING THEIR POSITION AND THE LAW.HE WAS DOIN A DECENT JOB UNTIL GULIANI STARTED MICRO MANAGING HIM.
How about ms. Adelaide Sanford as schools chancellor, she was former vice chair of regents and started her career as a teacher. Someone new as police comish. Such Mr. Pinero who is already in police dept. And understands what can work and what does not.
Denise in Harlem
Does anyone remember Bill Bratton directing the Police Dept. to remove Gov.Pataki election posters. Stating that no one will remember Pataki after the election. Pataki won. Does a man who directs the Police Dept. and it's officer sinto political waters deserve another chance.
Paul from Astoria
Your callers who are in favor of the policy continuing have never experienced the practice. It's demeaning and only causes anger in communities. There might be a drop in crime but there's an escalation in resentment. Brattan and Ray Kelly are politicians--showmen.
I would like to make a suggestion. My suggestion is that Mayor Elect De' Blasio meet with the five District Attorneys of New York City and ask them to interview prisoners, as they come through the system to determine if they would be willing to work with Law Enforcement (as informants) to obtain warrants on those people engaged in the trafficking of guns.