De Blasio doesn’t answer questions about speeding report, but has ‘great respect’ for NYPD security protocols

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Mayor Bill de Blasio did not answer questions about a local news report that two cars in his caravan were speeding and violating other traffic laws.
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After saying he respected NYPD security protocols, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not answer questions Friday about a local news report that two cars in his caravan committed traffic violations in Queens the day before.

Following a brief statement about the report during an unrelated press conference, de Blasio abruptly left City Hall’s Blue Room to shouted questions from reporters.

During the “very, very simple statement,” de Blasio referred to comments from the NYPD and its Commissioner Bill Bratton, who told reporters earlier Friday that he was “not overly concerned” about video allegedly showing the caravan making traffic violations.

“I know people have been asking questions since the media reports related to my security detail,” de Blasio said in his statement. “So, very, very simple statement: You’ve probably, many of you probably saw Commissioner Bratton’s comments earlier and Deputy Commissioner Miller’s comments. I’ll just respond or refer to those.

“I have great respect for NYPD security training protocols. I’m committed, obviously, to traffic safety and safe streets in NYC. That’s why we put forward Vision Zero.

“Commissioner Bratton addressed the topic of my security detail earlier today. I am very comfortable with what Commissioner Bratton said and I refer to you to his comments,” de Blasio said, before leaving the press conference and ignoring shouted questions.

CBS 2 reported Thursday that the mayor’s two car caravan sped through Queens streets, rolling through stop signs and breaking other traffic laws.

Before the press conference, de Blasio told reporters Friday morning, “You can ask all the questions you want” at the afternoon announcement.

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Credit: CBS 2

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  1. Shame on WCBS News, and others, – for hounding the new Mayor with these “jay-walking”and “speeding”  charades. There are so many pressing problems in this City- and they focus on this type of trash “reporting”!
    The Mayoralty is a tough enough job without their making it tougher for Mr. DeBlasio with such time-wasting frivolity. And by the way, did they  complain when Mayor BloomBucks jaywalked all the way to the Bahamas on weekends and left NYC leaderless during the blizzards in his administrations?
    I urge Mr. DeBlasio to ignore these taunts, and keep doing the job that he was selected to do by an overwhelming majority of the voters.
    The guys who are trying to put Mr. DeBlasio  down are the same crew who tried to smear him by putting a hammer and sickle on the cover of the NY Post the day before the election, the same right wing Fox Faux News guys who will always and forever try to undermine and destroy him, and the same greedy developers, one-percenters, and stop&friskers who ran this city under the BloomBucks administration.
    These complainers and mud-slingers just CAN’T STAND the fact that they no longer control City Hall, like they’ve done for the past twenty years!
    The everyday people of this City are on the side of the Mayor, because they know that he’s on THEIR side.
    More power to you, Mr. DeBlasio.