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De Blasio seeks to fix NYPD race relations ahead of re-election bid

New York Post

Mayor de Blasio is planning a p.r. blitz to improve the NYPD’s relationship with blacks and Hispanics — just in time for his 2017 re-election bid.

The NYPD sent a notice, obtained by The Post, to public-relations firms last Friday soliciting proposals for a campaign to improve its “depth of connection to various communities . . . with special emphasis and desired impact within communities of color.”

The solicitation — dated Dec. 2 and signed by NYPD Chief Contracting Officer Frank Bello — notes that proposals are due back to the city by Jan. 17.

Some Liberals Seek a Challenger to Unseat de Blasio

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks re-election, some former supporters say he hasn’t made enough progress on liberal policies
Wall Street Journal

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised three years ago to usher in an array of liberal policies, but as he now seeks re-election some on the left are urging potential challengers to run against him.

Some liberal advocates said they were disappointed with the Democratic mayor’s progress on issues such as homelessness, affordable housing and policing.

“We want to see a change of course,” said Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change, a community-organizing group that supports liberal causes.

Rudy Giuliani: divisive New York past has many in fear of Trump cabinet po

He was hailed as ‘America’s mayor’ after 9/11, but black residents who remember his time in New York believe his record of fueling racial tensions should disqualify him from serving as the US’s top diplomat
Rudy Giuliani may soon be the first western diplomat of the modern era to have stoked a racist police riot. The former New York mayor has shamelessly promoted himself as a key member of the Donald Trump administration first as a potential attorney general, then openly touting himself to become secretary of state. But Giuliani’s one-man campaign is already facing a backlash – including from a Republican senator who said several of his colleagues believe Giuliani is unsuited to a key cabinet position. Black residents who remember his time in New York with dismay believe his divisive record should disqualify him as the US’s chief diplomat.

NYPD admits 'we failed' in police shooting of mentally ill Bronx woman

Officials have conceded that something went wrong in the lead-up to a sergeant fatally shooting a 66-year-old black woman in her home Tuesday

New York police department officials have conceded that something went wrong in the lead-up to a sergeant fatally shooting a mentally ill 66-year-old black woman in her own home in the Bronx Tuesday night.

“What is clear in this one instance, we failed,” police chief James O’Neill told reporters Wednesday morning. “That’s not how it’s supposed to go. It’s not how we train.”