NYC Mayor De Blasio 'Very Angry' After Governor Cuomo Said Mayor and NYPD 'Did Not Do Their Job' Amid Protests

June 02, 2020 - 7:29 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that the city's curfew was extended through Sunday following two nights of looting and violent confrontations with police -- which Gov. Andrew Cuomo said de Blasio and the NYPD failed at controlling.

    "The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night, I believe that," Cuomo said at a briefing. "Second, you have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United State of America. Use the 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people. Look at the videos, it was a disgrace.

    He added, "I think the Mayor underestimates the scope of the problem and the duration of the problem. What happened in NYC was inexcusable." 

    But in an interview with 1010 WINS Tuesday night, de Blasio slammed the governor's remarks but said, that despite their philosophical differences, the pair can work together.

    "I think he's wrong," de Blasio told 1010 WINS. "He dishonored the men and women of the NYPD ... It's disgraceful ... I think he owes an apology to the 36,000 hardworking men and women who are working for us ... It was absolutely inappropriate."

    "We’ve had differences, undoubtedly sharp differences … but during this crisis, no. I’m very angry at what the governor said about the NYPD. Again, he can take a shot at me anytime he wants, but that’s not the point. When you go on now over three full months, he and I have actually agreed the vast majority of times, we announced that decision on the subway cleaning together, we announced the decision on the June 8 Phase 1 restart together. We’ve talked a lot, our teams talk literally multiple times every day, and usually find a way to agree on the vast majority of things.”

    De Blasio continued, “He and I have personal differences, we have philosophical differences, but that does not stop us from working together to get things done in a crisis, and in the end you know what I’ve seen cities and states around the country where the cities and states were on totally different pages. That’s not the case here. We’ve been on the same page on the vast majority of things.”

    As for Cuomo attacking his leadership, de Blasio said, “Look, he can attack me all he wants — I’m used to it from him. I think he’s wrong and I don’t think it’s a way to get things done if we’re trying to solve a problem ... I try to really be respectful of the state’s leadership through this pandemic even sometimes when I disagree but I just don’t think that kind of approach gets anyone anywhere. But that’s not the important point.

    He added, The important point here is he dishonored the men and women of the NYPD in an absolutely inappropriate way for any leader to do. Any elected official who blames the NYPD while they were out there fighting in the streets to restore order and protect people? That’s disgraceful and just, I don’t understand how anyone could do that. I think he owes an apology to 36,000 hardworking men and women who have been putting their lives on the line for all of us."

    1010 WINS anchor Larry Mullins told de Blasio, that according to Cuomo's office, the governor was not singling out the entire NYPD -- but solely Commissioner Dermot Shea. 

    "If someone says the NYPD, they refer to the entire organization. If he wanted to say Commissioner Shea,  he’s a big boy he could have said Commissioner Shea, so let’s not mince words and play games," de Blasio said. "And so he said the NYPD, he has to own it. It was absolutely inappropriate. And if he’s now saying, oh, he’s singling out Commissioner Dermot Shea? I say that’s dishonorable as well. The Commissioner has done an extraordinary job in the NYPD for decades, he’s leading the NYPD through one of its most difficult periods in its entire history and he’s doing it I think in an incredibly honorable, effective manner."

    And in an interview with The New York Post, NYPD Chief of the Department Terence Monahan said he was "extremely outraged" by Cuomo's comments.

    "This leadership team from every angle of this department is out on the streets, working side by side with their men, and for a governor to be sitting in his office saying that we’re not doing a good job — I’m outraged,” he said. "I’m watching my men and women out there dealing with stuff that no cop should ever have to deal with, bricks, bottles, rocks,” he said. “Hit in the face with bottles and continuing to go forward to make an arrest.”

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