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"An unmitigated disaster": NYPD union blasts Mayor Bill de Blasio for running for president


The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York — which represents more than 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers — released a statement Thursday assailing Mayor Bill de Blasio for running for president.

“It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City for six years now says he wants to mismanage the entire country.
While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is busy running around Iowa and getting upstaged by the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, there are real problems here at home. New York City Police officers are continuing to suffer with wages 30% below market rate because the mayor has totally checked out of our contact process.
After six years of disrespect for the police officers who keep our city safe, it’s perfectly clear how the mayor treats men and women in uniform. As commander-in-chief, he would be an unmitigated disaster.”

The big picture: 76% of registered voters in New York do not think de Blasio should run for president, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s flirtation with a 2020 White House bid is prompting a rare moment of unity among New Yorkers,” said polling analyst Mary Snow on April 3.

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