With Mayor Bloomberg on the outs come this January, and the rift brewing between new mayor elect Bill de Blasio and now-former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly about the often controversial stop-and-frisk policy, the new man in town is looking to change things up a bit, and for this, he’s bringing back a familiar face as his new NYPD commissioner: William J. Bratton. The 66 year-old was named police commissioner for the second time on Thursday—with his first stint being under the Mayor Giulani administration—when crime was at all-time high in 1994. This time, though, he wants to be a slightly different commissioner, taking charge with crimes as well as being a zero tolerance type of fellow–again. (view video here)
“In this city, I want every New Yorker to talk about ‘their police’, ‘my police,’ ” Mr. Bratton said after his appointment was announced by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, before reading from a children’s book about police work he said he had cherished since he was 9.
In 1994, the message was different: “We will fight for every house in the city; we will fight for every street; we will fight for every borough,” he said at the time. “And we will win.”
Back then, the hard-driving, press-savvy Mr. Bratton could be found dining out among city luminaries, and on the covers of newspapers and national magazines. He received a lot of credit for historic drops in crime rates, even as the trends in New York coincided with those around the country. Such prominence drove a very public wedge between him and Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former prosecutor, who pushed him out just two years after appointing him. The mayor has the full authority to hire and fire the commissioner.