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This is New York: de Blasio’s terrible approval rating not hurting re-election odds

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It just amazes me how some people are so complacent when it comes to researching who is running for office. Last year when I voted in local primaries, I heard a woman (who was voting demorat, I could tell by the color of her ballot) ask how come she didn’t see a certain person’s name on the ballot. It’s because there was no demorat challenging him. She hadn’t even bothered to see who was running in the primaries. Appears many New Yorkers lack the same initiative.

From NY Post: Mayor de Blasio’s poll numbers have tumbled — but the lower favorability ratings haven’t come close to derailing his bid for re-election in November, according to a poll released Monday.

Voters approve of the mayor’s job performance by a 50 to 42 percent margin — down from a 60 to 34 percent showing on May 17, according to the Quinnipiac University survey. They are also split on whether he deserves a second term — 46 to 46 percent — even though 57 percent had supported his re-election bid in May, while 35 percent did not.

But when it comes to a general election match-up against Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Assembly member, de Blasio is still up 57 percent to 22 percent. His lead in May was 64 to 21 percent.

“Leave out the one big question – the re-election matchup – and this is a pretty bad poll for Mayor Bill de Blasio,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “But on the one question that matters in this election year — de Blasio versus Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis — Hizzoner is a better than a 2-1 winner.”

When independent candidate Bo Dietl is factored in, de Blasio’s margin of victory gets even larger — 52 percent for the mayor, 15 percent for Malliotakis and 11 percent for Dietl.

The issue for Malliotakis and Dietl appears to be largely name recognition. When it came to favorability ratings, 78 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about Malliotakis to form an opinion — while 74 percent said the same of Dietl.

One of the highest numbers registered in the poll came when voters were asked who should pay the mayor’s legal bills for state and federal investigations of his administration. Seventy-eight percent said he should cover the $2 million, while just 13 percent say taxpayers should pick up the tab. De Blasio initially said he’d raise the money in a legal defense fund — then changed his mind and said he’d stick taxpayers with the bill.

The poll surveyed 877 city voters between July 20 and July 26, and has a plus or minus 4.1 percentage point margin of error.

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After NYPD officer assassinated, De Blasio blows off NYPD ceremony to protest at G20 Summit

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Priorities.

From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday skipped an NYPD swearing-in ceremony made somber by this week’s assassination of a cop — then hours later revealed he was busy preparing to jet off on a surprise trip to join leftist protesters at the G-20 summit in Germany.

Hizzoner’s overseas jaunt was kept under wraps until just 90 minutes before he took off from Newark Airport. A last-minute announcement said he “will attend several events surrounding the G-20 Summit, including Saturday’s Hamburg Zeigt Haltung rally.”

De Blasio will be the keynote speaker, organizers of the demonstration — Hamburg Shows Attitude — tweeted.

The mayor also made sure the free trip will include a visit with his son, Dante, a Yale University student who’s spending the summer on an internship in Berlin, a City Hall spokesman said.

Presumptive Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis accused de Blasio of abandoning pressing issues in the Big Apple to pursue his progressive agenda in Europe. “Unbelievable. Instead of jet-setting around the world, he should be here doing his job,” said the Staten Island assemblywoman. “A police officer was murdered, street homelessness has skyrocketed and people continue to get delayed on the trains.”

Malliotakis — who later tweeted a doctored image showing de Blasio in an Alpine hat and lederhosen, grinning behind a plate of bratwurst, wienerschnitzel and Pilsner glasses — also blasted him for blowing off the NYPD ceremony at the Police Academy in Queens.

“The mayor should be embarrassed by the way he has treated the men and women of our police department,” she said.

The head of the NYPD sergeants union also attacked de Blasio. “As the city mourns, its leader flees,” Ed Mullins said. “And then he wonders why he has a problem with the police. A real leader stays with the city in this time of hardship.”

Less than five hours before de Blasio’s flight to Berlin, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill offered reassurance to 524 new recruits in the wake of Wednesday’s slaying of Officer Miosotis Familia.

The 12-year veteran and mom of three was shot in the back of the head by cop-hating ex-con Alexander Bonds, who opened fire through the window of a mobile command center vehicle.

O’Neill told the recruits he was sure many family members “are questioning whether you’re making the right decision, especially after yesterday’s tragedy in the Bronx.”

“I’m here to tell you, you are making the right decision,” he insisted.

Asked why de Blasio — who spent the day holed up at Gracie Mansion — didn’t join O’Neill to help rally the recruits, spokesman Eric Phillips replied: “Scheduling conflicts.”

O’Neill later offered his condolences to Familia’s 12-year-old twins, Delilah and Peter, during a visit to their home in the Bronx. “There are so many young officers that have never been through this before and for the next couple of days it’s going to be very difficult for them and for the family, too,” he said.

De Blasio was joined on the trip by Phillips and two other aides, whose travel expenses are also being picked up by Hamburg Shows Attitude.

Phillips said the gifts were approved in advance by the city Conflicts of Interest Board, whose general counsel said it was “prohibited by law from disclosing any information regarding advice we provide.”

In October, de Blasio told a class of NYPD recruits, “We honor you for making this choice,” before adding that “what we owe to you is every effort to keep you safe.”

Following Familia’s slaying, her sister, Adriana Sanchez, ripped de Blasio, saying that “the mayor has to do something for this madness to stop,” and that windows on NYPD vehicles should have been made bulletproof “a long time ago.”

Later Thursday, following de Blasio’s departure, City Hall announced a $1.3 million plan to outfit “all NYPD command vehicles used by uniform personnel” with bullet-resistant window panels and other safety upgrades.

The city had already earmarked $10.4 million for window panels in 38,000 patrol vehicles, with 151 equipped as of Wednesday, according to the NYPD.

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Under de Blasio, New York is refusing to deport criminals

Elections have consequences.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

New York’s new status as a “sanctuary” city means few illegal immigrants who break the law are being handed over to federal authorities for deportation, according to the New York Post.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked the city Correction Department to detain 944 inmates in city jails between October 2014 and September 2015. But the department transferred only 219 to federal custody — about 23 percent. In the 12 months before that, ICE made 3,204 requests. City jails transferred 2,016 inmates to ICE custody — or 63 percent, records show.

A new sanctuary law passed by the City Council and Mayor de Blasio in October 2014 is largely responsible for the massive decline in federal requests and the number of detainees handed over.

The law prevents the city from transferring an immigrant prisoner to ICE custody unless the feds have a warrant, or the suspect is on a terrorism watch list or has committed a violent crime, such as rape or murder. “We’re acting within guidelines and the scope of the law,” said NYPD Lt. Chris Czark. Before the sanctuary law, “you could be detained for any felony,” he said. “Now it’s certain felonies.”

ICE says it now focuses only on aliens who are gangsters, drug dealers, child predators or violent felons. Critics say the city law shields undocumented aliens who commit serious offenses, including sexual abuse, prescription drug sales, bribery, money laundering, harassment, grand larceny and drunk driving, from federal detention and deportation.

“These are crimes that can injure others and make our communities less safe,” said Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who has joined several Republican legislators in pushing a bill in Albany to compel the city to comply with federal detention requests. “It’s almost as if the City Council is more interested in protecting illegal immigrants than the safety of the very citizens they represent,” she told The Post.

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The city law is making the public less safe, a former senior Homeland Security source said. “Even though these individuals are in the country illegally, you’re waiting for them to commit a violent crime before putting them into removal proceedings and getting them out of the community,” the source said. “It tells foreign-born criminals we’re not going to enforce the law until you rape or murder someone.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has not been moved by such arguments. “Any suggestion that our common-sense law does otherwise is nothing more than cheap political posturing,” said her spokeswoman Amy Varghese.

Communication between ICE and the city Correction Department has been hampered under the new system. Correction administrators used to alert ICE agents when an undocumented immigrant had arrived at a city jail. An ICE agent on site would interview the defendant in a trailer shortly after intake to determine his immigration status. Now ICE must discover an undocumented alien by combing through computer records of newly arrested defendants.

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