With his relationship with the NYPD close to rock bottom, Mayor de Blasio has scheduled a face-to-face meeting with the heads of five police unions on Tuesday. City Hall officials said the tete-a-tete was set in motion at the mayor’s direction over the weekend — about a week after the killing of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn broke what was already a frayed relationship between cops and City Hall.
A union source said it was police commissioner Bill Bratton who served as go-between to arrange the summit, which will be held around 2 p.m. at the new police academy in Queens.Among the union leaders scheduled to attend are Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch and Sergeant’s Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins — who have been the most ardent critics of the mayor’s dealings with police.
The question: is the mayor with an alias (after the fashion of Billy Jeff Blythe III and Barry Soetero) doing this because he means it, or for PR purpose? One guess:
“I think it’s good that the mayor has finally reached out to those who represent the members of the NYPD, but I’m disappointed in the issuance of a press release announcing the meeting, which now raises concerns of sincerity. Is this about politics or is it about working through problems?” Mullins said.
Stay tuned and pass the popcorn. This ought to be good.