Al Roker Delivers Bill de Blasio's Forecast: One Term

A visibly shaken Mayor de Blasio grew red-faced


It was bad news all around for the radical politician as the press asked him some pointed questions about his intervention on behalf of a political ally who was arrested after driving with a suspended license while TV weatherman Al Roker blasted him over passing the buck on the snow.

A visibly shaken Mayor de Blasio grew red-faced Thursday as he fended off more questions about his late-night call to the NYPD on behalf of a longtime supporter who’d been picked up by police.

“It’s very simple. I received a report ... I made an inquiry,” said de Blasio of his call Monday night to NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster to inquire about Findlayter’s status.

But critics noted that Findlayter didn’t immediately have to face a judge because of his political connections. He was a member of de Blasio’s inaugural committee and was invited to give the invocation in the City Council chambers.

“This is an unusual situation where a very prominent member of the clergy obviously was experiencing a pretty unusual situation,” he said. “I thought it was appropriate to make an inquiry and I got a response, and that’s the end of the story.”

When a reporter brought up a ticket-fixing scandal within the NYPD that erupted during former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s tenure, de Blasio’s got snappy.

“I don't even understand the parallel. Ticket fixing is illegal, period. Making an inquiry is perfectly appropriate, ticket fixing is illegal,” he shot back at the reporter.

And this is much bigger than a ticket. A phone call from the mayor is a sign of favoritism and an implicit call for intervention which is exactly what happened here.

The GOP Chairman has called for an investigation.

New York state GOP Chairman Ed Cox has demanded an investigation into New York  Mayor Bill de Blasio’s phone call to help a political ally get out of jail, the New York Post reported.

The mayor contacted the city police department on Tuesday after learning that his friend, pastor Orlando Findlayter, had been pulled over for driving without a license and then arrested after cops found he had two outstanding arrest warrants.

Findlayter, who helped deliver the black vote to de Blasio last year in the mayoral election, faced spending the night in jail before his arraignment until the mayor stepped in and called NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster.

Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr, the commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, later went to the station house personally to free Findlayter.

Now Cox has called for a probe into de Blasio’s “abuse of power.” He said, “For the mayor of New York City to interfere with law enforcement on behalf of his political allies is ‘telephone justice,’ not American justice.”

The newly elected city Comptroller Scott Stringer, a Democrat, said the mayor had put himself in the firing line with his action.

“I think the rule is, mayors should not get involved in any way about somebody’s arrest,” Stringer said. “It can only be problematic.”

A source close to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, said that de Blasio was encouraging police to give special dispensation to the pastor by making the phone call. “Tell me this doesn’t have a chilling effect [on the NYPD],’’ the source said. “That’s what this was a wink and a nod.”

Fred Siegel, a political historian at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, said that, even if Mr. de Blasio did not urge special treatment for the bishop, the simple fact of a phone call from the mayor carries enormous weight.

“When the mayor is inquiring in this personal manner, a deputy chief knows what this means,” Mr. Siegel said.

But Bill de Blasio wasn't getting any better reviews when it came to the snow getting into a feud with everyone from the teachers' union to Al Roker.

The NBC weatherman, who normally has a rather sunny disposition, traded icy barbs with Mayor de Blasio Thursday for Hizzoner’s handling of Thursday’s snow storm.

The teachers' union wasn't any happier with Bill de Blasio's incompetence.

Michael Mulgrew, the union’s president, called the decision a “mistake.”

“I understand the desire to keep schools open. The only thing that trumps that is safety. Having students, parents and staff traveling in these conditions was unwarranted. It was a mistake to open schools today,” Mr. Mulgrew said in a statement.

This is the first time Mr. Mulgrew, a close ally of the mayor, has criticized Mr. de Blasio’s school closure call, though the mayor has taken flak on the issue before.

Bill de Blasio's radical and incompetent pick for schools chancellor Carmen Farina cluelessly called it "a beautiful day."


De Blasio then defended the whole thing on class warfare grounds treating school like a babysitting and meals service.

"So many families depend on their schools as a place for their kids to be during the day, a safe place where they are not only are taught, they get nutrition and they are safe from the elements," he said. "So many families have to go to work, the members of these families have to go to work, they do not have a choice, and they need a safe option for their kids."

Farina chimed in with the same catering nonsense proving that she doesn't understand what a school even is.

"Many of our kids don't get a hot lunch and, in many cases breakfast, unless they go to school. So it's still a parent's decision whether they send their kids to school or not. My decision is where the kids are safest and the most taken care of, and the answer to that is in schools."

And Governor Cuomo shot down Bill de Blasio's tax plans.

The governor, who also opposes Mr. de Blasio’s proposal to increase taxes on high-earning New York City residents to pay for prekindergarten classes, said allowing local governments to set their own tax rates, wage requirements and labor laws could create “a chaotic situation” in which cities wound up pitted against one another.

“We don’t want to cannibalize ourselves,” Mr. Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a program on public radio.

Even one of Mr. de Blasio’s allies seemed uninterested, citing the agreement that lawmakers negotiated last year.

“Let’s move on,” said Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, a Bronx Democrat who shares leadership of the Senate with Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican.