Bill de Blasio's many choices - New York News

Bill de Blasio's many choices

Posted: Updated:
Bill de Blasio (campaign photo) Bill de Blasio (campaign photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's transition website has only two updates: one announcing its creation and another thanking people for their input.

Behind the scenes, sources say several groups are pushing their candidate to be the next police commissioner. Some political operatives want Bill Bratton for the perception of crime fighting. Bratton engineered the first big drop in crime in New York City 20 years ago.

African Americans are pushing for Philip Banks III, the respected No. 3 in the department.

Latinos have been publicly pushing for the No. 2 in the NYPD: First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, who, like Ray Kelly, rose form street cop to the top levels of the department.

Several women's organizations have been pushing for Chief Joanne Jaffee, who heads the Housing Bureau of the NYPD. She began as a street cop in Brooklyn 34 years ago. Another name recently heard is Charles Ramsey, the 63-year-old commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department.

So far, only Bratton has had a lengthy meeting with de Blasio, who is known to take a long time vetting candidates. An influential member of the department said that whomever de Blasio picks as his police commissioner, he must choose soon -- at least before Thanksgiving -- because the new commissioner will need time to put together his or her team to head the NYPD.

Several names have been proposed by prominent Democrats for other positions in de Blasio's administration. Outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has been mentioned as the next parks commissioner. John Doherty could to stay on as sanitation commissioner. If he stays, de Blasion would be the third mayor he serves under.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices