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DOJ issues ultimatum to NYC and other ‘sanctuary’ cities

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Works for me.

From NY Post: The US Department of Justice on Friday gave New York City and eight other local governments that provide “sanctuary” to illegal immigrants until June 30 to prove they’re not violating federal law by refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities.

The ultimatums from President Trump’s administration were accompanied by an accusation that many of the targeted jurisdictions are “crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime.”

“New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime’ stance,” the DOJ said in a news release.

A related letter to the director of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice warns that the feds could withhold funding, suspend or terminate grants, declare the city ineligible for future funding or take “other action, as appropriate.”

A City Hall spokesman called the threat “nothing new.”

“This grandstanding shows how out of touch the Trump administration is with reality,” spokesman Seth Stein said.

“Contrary to their alternative facts, New York is the safest big city in the country, with crime at record lows in large part because we have policies in place to encourage cooperation between NYPD and immigrant communities.”

Letters were also sent to officials in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Miami; Clark County, Nev.; Milwaukee County, Wis.; Cook County, Ill., and the state of California.

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Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump

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The most qualified womyn…

It’s the usual suspects and, of course, sexism.

From NBC News: Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks’ theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.

Clinton’s comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown’s eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.

She largely cited these factors for her defeat:

  • Russia. “A foreign power meddled with our election,” she said, labeling it “an act of aggression.” She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s involvement and said the probe should examine whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.
  • Misogyny. “Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted,” she said. Clinton added that “some people — women included — had real problems” with the idea of a woman president.
  • Comey. Clinton cited as damaging to her campaign his unusual decision to release of a letter on October 28, less than two weeks before Election Day, that said he was looking at additional emails related to the FBI probe of the former secretary of state’s use of a private server.
  • WikiLeaks. Weeks of disclosures of stolen emails from the personal account of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were particularly harmful, Clinton said, adding that it “played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand.”

She said the combination of Comey’s actions and the WikiLeaks’ revelations “had the determinative effect.”

About her own role, she said, “There were things I could have done better.”

While Clinton said there were “lots of contributing factors” to her failure to secure the nation’s highest office, she called Russia’s interference the “weaponization of information.”

“I didn’t fully understand how impactful that was and so it created doubts in people,” Clinton said. “But then the Comey letter coming as it did — just 10 days before the election — really raised questions in a lot of people.”

Two days before the election, Comey announced that none of the emails would lead to criminal charges — leaving in place the FBI’s determination from July. Officials told NBC News that nearly all of the emails were duplicates of emails that had been examined already.

Kristof also asked Clinton about Trump. “I don’t understand the commitment to hurt so many people that this administration, this White House, seems to be pursuing,” Clinton said, pointing to the immigration ban, the slashing of U.S. funding for the UN Population Fund, and the failed health care bill.  What they did or tried to do on the health care bill, which I will confess to this — having listened to them talking about repeal and replace for 8 years, or 7 years now, and they had not a clue what that meant,” she said. “They had no idea. I don’t know that any of them had ever even read the bill.”

Clinton, who is writing a book that she said would examine her defeat last year, said she doubted she would ever seek public office again. “Devastating,” was how she described her loss.

Watch the full video here.

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Famed NYC bakery’s immigrant workers defy Trump

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Provide proof of legal status or adios muchachos…

From Fox News: Workers at a famed New York bakery who face a deadline to produce immigration papers are instead defying the government in public — at President Donald Trump’s Manhattan home.

The 31 employees of the Tom Cat Bakery will be fired and could be deported if they cannot prove by April 21 that they’re working in the country legally.

They’re rallied Saturday afternoon in front of Trump Tower.

The Department of Homeland Security set the deadline for the workers to show their employment documents. Many have worked on the gourmet bakery’s production line for much of its 30-year existence.

Tom Cat covers a whole city block in Queens, churning out artisanal bread 24 hours a day and delivering it around in the New York City area.

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NYPD has refused all ICE detainer requests this year

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Claro que si.

From NY Post: Federal immigration authorities have made 109 requests to the NYPD to detain people since Jan. 1 — and the city hasn’t helped out on any of them.

Larry Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner on legal matters, revealed the figure Monday. “We’ve honored zero of them so far, none,” he said.

Byrne added that only three of the requests qualified for assistance under the city law providing sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

Part of the law allows the NYPD to hold someone for 48 hours while Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents obtain a warrant. “In all three of those instances, the person was transferred to the custody of the Department of Corrections before the 48-hour time elapsed,” Byrne said. “So we honored zero detainers.”

President Trump has vowed to withhold federal funding to sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate with his efforts to deport more undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said the city should be more transparent about how it handles detainer requests. “The public should really be given the details of why these folks were arrested and allowed to make their own judgement calls,” he said. “These could be burglars, gang members and violent criminals. City Hall should own this entire policy and be held accountable if any of these particular people become repeat offenders.

Mayor de Blasio described the city law as “just and balanced.”

“It was never legally challenged by anyone,” he said. “It’s a third way in this whole national discussion because it protects the safety of people here without demonizing all immigrants.”

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NYC Public advocate wants to blacklist firms that help build Trump’s wall

Public Advocate Letitia James Hears From Parents

Letitia James: You have a choice – her way or the highway

From NY Post: Companies that help build President Trump’s wall along the Mexican border would be banned from doing business with the city under a proposal announced Tuesday by Public Advocate Letitia James (an elected official).

James, a trustee of the city’s largest pension fund, said she would introduce a bill prohibiting the city from signing contracts with firms involved in the wall project. She’s also planning to examine divesting pension funds from the companies.

“Companies have a choice — help build the wall, a monument to racism and xenophobia, or do business in New York City. We won’t allow you to do both,” James said at a press conference in Foley Square. “The same cranes President Trump uses for his wall, cannot simply be turned around to build our schools.”

James’ bill wouldn’t just include companies directly involved with construction, but also those handling its “maintenance and management.”

Any company partaking in construction “will be subject to massive protests, negative publicity, and possible litigation,” James’ office said in a written statement.

Hundreds of companies have expressed an interest in being a part of the Trump wall project.

Eighteen companies, with more than $800 million in past and current contracts with the city, responded to a pre-solicitation notice from the Trump Administration for the “design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico,” according to the public advocate.

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New York City has scandalous bureaucrats overseeing its struggling schools

Shocker, not. If the kids in schools can get away with doing bad things (See the new discipline code launched by Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education) then why shouldn’t the teachers?

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Via NY Post: The city Department of Education has stocked the office that oversees the city’s lowest-performing schools with bureaucrats who were ineffective and tainted by scandal in previous school jobs.

Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched the Renewal program two years ago to boost 94 struggling schools. Independent Budget Office figures show they plan to spend $887 million through 2019. But some of the 114 educrats who oversee the 86 schools now in the program were reprimanded by courts, oversight boards and parents, a Post review found.

Parents charge that the program has become a place to reward cronies and dump the unfit. “The DOE has many former principals still working who should have been fired,” said a member of the Brooklyn Community Education Council. “The bad news is that they are now the ones in positions telling others how to teach, and that’s not right.”

Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center education professor David Bloomfield said the city must make better personnel decisions. “These schools are behind the eight ball,” Bloomfield said. “The de Blasio administration has to make the case that these are the best people for these jobs — and they haven’t.”

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Among the questionable hires was Elif Gure, an executive director and second in command to Renewal Executive Superintendent Aimee Horowitz. Gure created a “hostile, race-based work environment” as principal of PS 316 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and called a parent coordinator the N-word, a federal judge ruled in March 2014. A jury awarded the coordinator $110,000.  Gure makes a $171,601 salary in the Renewal program.

Eileen Coppola, executive director of Renewal high schools, left her post as principal at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope, Brooklyn, awash in problems. The school’s PTA president said students failed Regents exams despite getting A’s and B’s in class. A petition by 24 kids complained they didn’t get most of the earth-science labs required by the state. Coppola makes $144,824 in her new job.

Joelle Mcken, a Renewal director in District 17 making $141,765, was principal at PS 73 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a school later phased out for abysmal performance. In 2003, the city Conflicts of Interest Board fined her $900 for having an employee chauffeur her kids.

Mary Nelson, who earns $134,994 as Renewal director in District 14, was principal at PS 236 in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, where parents said that she failed to report violent incidents. Then-Councilman Lew Fidler joined a drive to push her out.

Lisa Lauritzen was an assistant principal at Science Skills Center HS in Downtown Brooklyn before being appointed a Renewal “instructional coach.” A DOE investigation found she urged teachers to re-score failing Regents exams. She now makes $136,010.

DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye defended the hires. “Turning around a struggling school does not happen overnight, and it requires dedicated, experienced administrators who know how to work with and support school staff,” she said.

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Bill De Blasio padded City Hall with 264 ‘special assistants’

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Via NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio padded the city payroll with 264 “special assistants” during the past fiscal year — a more than 140 percent increase over his predecessor, The Post has learned.

The bloated band of vaguely titled aides — accountable only to Hizzoner — accounted for 40 percent of the entire Mayor’s Office staff and cost taxpayers $18.7 million, payroll records show.

City Hall insiders said de Blasio was using the special-assistant gigs in part to take care of political operatives as they bide their time waiting for the next campaign — a kind of publicly funded farm system akin to the ones used by Major League Baseball teams.

“It’s usually given to one of our political guys as a way to bring them on board in the administration without any problems — whether or not they have the job requirements,” a de Blasio administration source admitted. “Many have worked on [the mayor’s campaign], and this job allows them to go back and forth, if needed, on the re-election campaign or campaigns of allies.”

The hires contributed to a surge in payouts at City Hall, where the cost of de Blasio’s office was up more than 21 percent since fiscal year 2013, the last one over which former Mayor Michael Bloomberg had complete control.

The cost of the entire city payroll grew less than 13 percent over the same period, according to data compiled by the nonprofit Empire Center for Public Policy.

According to the records:

  • Sixty-five of de Blasio’s special assistants took home more than $100,000 each during the fiscal year that ended June 30.
  • Their total salary was up 165 percent over the $7 million Bloomberg spent on his 109 special assistants in fiscal year 2013.
  • The total cost of staffing the Mayor’s Office reached $46 million to pay 656 employees during fiscal 2016, compared with $38 million for 569 workers in 2013.

A former City Hall operative under Bloomberg said he was “shocked” by the number of special assistants working for de Blasio.

Because the job of special assistant is not a civil service post, there are no formal requirements — or any cap on how many de Blasio can unilaterally appoint, according to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which oversees testing for spots that are open to the general public. The fact that the jobs aren’t covered by civil service rules also gives the mayor the latitude to dole out salaries and raises beyond the established ranges for comparable positions.

Last month, The Post revealed that de Blasio had slashed the pay of more than a dozen aides held over from the Bloomberg administration, while showering his own appointees with more than $2 million in raises.

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Monica Klein

At least 16 of the people de Blasio has hired as special assistants worked on his 2013 mayoral bid, one of whom, Monica Klein, is among two special assistants now on leave to work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

One special assistant, Elana Leopold, saw her annual salary skyrocket from $60,000 in 2014 to $85,749 in 2016 before resigning this year to become the finance director for de Blasio’s 2017 re-election bid.

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Elana Leopold

Leopold interned for the mayor when he was public advocate and also for the Clinton Global Initiative, which last month held its final meeting amid controversy over pay-to-play allegations involving its parent organization, the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

The payroll records also show de Blasio reassigned his longtime election lawyer, Henry Berger, from a $187,583-a-year post as assistant corporation counsel to a job as special assistant at the same rate of pay.

Dick Dadey, head of the government watchdog Citizens Union, said de Blasio “needs to account” for the number of his special assistants and their payroll. He explained that while de Blasio “has the authority to do this,” the records show “he’s taking advantage of it more than Mayor Bloomberg.”

“It sounds like he has a larger stable of political appointees as special assistants, who are available to go through the revolving door of public service and political campaign service,” Dadey said. “Politics is what makes government function, but there comes a point where there may be too much politics in the governing of the city.”

Last year’s highest-paid special assistant, Victor Calise, serves as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, while No. 2, Loree Sutton, is commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services, which de Blasio created this year.

One of his special assistants, former campaign “high-dollar finance director” Hayley Prim, resigned to join Hilltop Public Solutions, a p.r. firm implicated this year in election-finance violations allegedly spearheaded by the mayor.

Another former campaign worker, Kwamina “Kicy” Motley — whose vulgar Twitter rants against the NYPD and NAACP were exposed by The Post — left in 2015, according to her LinkedIn page.

A City Hall spokesman insisted de Blasio’s addition of $11.6 million in special assistants was an effort to cut overtime bills by shifting “job slots.” Asked how much in OT was saved, the press secretary answered $105,000, derived by reclassifying 15 percent of the mayor’s staff as managers.

“Same jobs and same work product as before, but on a different line in the budget,” boasted the spokesman, Eric Phillips, who is also classified as a special assistant. “It was a smart move that saved taxpayers money.”

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