- Mayor gives press conference in Manhattan just a few hours after an explosion in Chelsea injured 29, one critically
- ‘Tonight, New York City experienced a very serious incident,’ the mayor said
- Authorities are now investigating a possible second device nearby
- De Blasio says too early to determine if there is a link with the bomb that exploded in New Jersey earlier today
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized by some for saying there is no link between Saturday night’s explosions and terrorism – despite admitting it was an intentional act.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) and Police Commissioner James O’Neill hold a news conference near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan
The mayor spoke at a news conference at around 11:30 p.m. local time, just three hours after a blast on West 23rd Street left 29 people injured, one of them critically.
‘Tonight New York City experienced a very serious incident,’ de Blasio said.
When pressed by reporters if the blast was the result of terrorism, the mayor said it was premature to say.
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An investigation is underway and 23rd street was cordoned off. The city also temporarily shut down subway service in the area.
Police and federal agents are also investigating a second suspected bomb in a pressure cooker.
De Blasio’s reluctance to categorize the event as ‘terrorism’ has earned him scorn and derision from critics on social media.
The incident follows the pipe bombing of a military fun-run in New Jersey hours earlier.
e incident follows the pipe bombing of a military fun-run in New Jersey hours earlier.
The mayor’s statements indicating ‘no evidence’ of a link to terrorism has provoked anger on Twitter
De Blasio says that the explosion was the result of ‘an intentional act’ though he stopped short of terming it ‘terrorism’
The mayor has been criticized for his liberal policies, and critics say that his reluctance to use the term ‘terrorism’ is misguided
Social media users are already speculating as to who is responsible for the ‘terrorist’ attack in Chelsea
De Blasio also said it is ‘too early to determine’ if the incident in New York is connected to the explosion in New Jersey.
He added that investigators are tracing every lead but it’s still too early to give any details of the investigation.
De Blasio urged witnesses who took video of the blast to send them to the NYPD.
The second device at 27th Street and Sixth Avenue is in a pressure cooker, according to both NY 1 and Fox News – raising chilling memories of the Boston bombings in 2013.
The second explosive device found at 27th Street and Sixth Avenue is in a pressure cooker, raising chilling memories of the Boston bombings of 2013
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Bill de Blasio Endorses Hillary Clinton, to Little Fanfare From Anyone
The New York Times
October 30, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s slow, awkward march toward endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton — the woman who jump-started his political career — reached its widely predicted conclusion on Friday, as the mayor extended his presidential blessing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision, the right experience and the ability to get the job done, is Hillary Clinton,” Mr. de Blasio said.
Mrs. Clinton, a fellow Democrat, did not appear on the program. Nor did she issue a statement about Mr. de Blasio. Instead, the Clinton campaign emailed a note to reporters calling the New York City mayor’s support “a sign of the campaign’s continued momentum.”
The note added, “The Clinton campaign will also announce that an additional 85 mayors from across the country will endorse her today.”
The circumstances of Mr. de Blasio’s endorsement offered a sign of the reduced interest in his presidential preferences since he initially denied Mrs. Clinton his blessing in April. When the Clinton campaign issued an official announcement about its latest wave of endorsements, Mr. de Blasio’s was given fourth billing, after the mayors of Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
By this week, Mr. de Blasio’s six-month delay in issuing an endorsement was viewed in political circles as quixotic at best. Virtually all leading Democrats in New York have already thrown their support behind Mrs. Clinton, along with leading liberal Democrats like Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
But the mayor’s vow of neutrality was initially taken as a liberal line in the sand, part of Mr. de Blasio’s effort to kick-start a national movement to nudge presidential contenders leftward. His public vacillation started in political prime time with a bold declaration during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” — “I want to see a vision,” he said — hours before Mrs. Clinton formally began her candidacy.
For months, the mayor’s allies objected to accusations that Mr. de Blasio wanted to play kingmaker, saying that he simply wanted to hear more detail about the policy plans of presidential contenders, particularly in the early stages of the contest.
More recently, however, many members of the mayor’s inner circle had grown frustrated with his delay, saying that the uncertainty had become a distraction. The mayor’s liberal advocacy group, the Progressive Agenda Committee, also announced plans to hold a forum for presidential contenders in Iowa in December, complicating Mr. de Blasio’s calculus about whether to remain unaffiliated with a candidate.
The “will he or won’t he” soap opera ended shortly after sunrise on Friday, on a low-rated basic-cable talk show amid banter about baseball and jokes about Citi Bike.
“Morning Joe” is familiar, relatively friendly territory for Mr. de Blasio, who has visited its set at least six times during his 22-month term. But the mayor still faced skeptical questions from the hosts, who wondered what, exactly, had changed in the past few months to make him want to endorse Mrs. Clinton now.
At one point, Mark Halperin, a political analyst, urged Mr. de Blasio to face a camera and explain his decision directly to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who has been embraced by many left-leaning Democrats.
“I like Bernie a lot,” Mr. de Blasio said. But he quickly added that Mrs. Clinton was “the most capable of executing the vision.” (A spokesman for Mr. Sanders did not return a request for comment.)
Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation and one of Mr. de Blasio’s closest supporters, wrote in an email that the mayor’s endorsement “gets de Blasio on the Clinton team,” adding: “That’s good for him, good for New York, good for an urban agenda.”
But she also urged Mr. de Blasio to stay vigilant in encouraging Mrs. Clinton to adopt positions supported by the left. “There is still room for her to move, and de Blasio should keep the pressure on for that movement,” Ms. vanden Heuvel wrote.
For his part, Mr. de Blasio said on MSNBC that Mrs. Clinton had “a very sharp progressive platform” and “the ability to follow through on it.” He added: “There’s a lot of spine there. There’s a steel there.”
Reflecting on his own thought process, Mr. de Blasio suggested that Mrs. Clinton had increasingly fit his criteria for a candidate, saying, “As you’ve seen in each successive speech, Hillary has filled in the blanks forcefully.”
At the same time, he urged voters to pay more attention to her accomplishments in the past.
“I think what’s missing here in this discussion,” Mr. de Blasio said, “is who Hillary has always been.”
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