First speeding, now jaywalking, what'...

First speeding, now jaywalking, what's next!?

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#1 Feb 21, 2014
Now he’s jaywalking!

Mayor de Blasio and his security detail crossed a Brooklyn street against the light Friday on his way to his morning workout – just a day after his SUV blew through two stop signs and was speeding in Queens.

Exclusive video taken by The Post caught the mayor — dressed in a “Brooklyn” sweatshirt, slacks and sneakers — chatting on his cellphone as he sauntered across 11th Street on 6th Avenue in Park Slope, ignoring the orange hand on the traffic signal that clearly warns pedestrians not to cross.

Hizzoner’s NYPD handlers faithfully crossed with him. They were in the crosswalk but were jaywalking because they did not have the light.

In January, NYPD precincts launched an aggressive jaywalking ticket blitz that had de Blasio’s support.

His Friday morning flouting of traffic safety rules came a day after deBlasio was caught on camera riding shotgun in a speeding SUV.

His mayoral black two-unit convoy was videotaped by a CBS 2 News crew as it blew through two stop signs in Queens and clocked at nearly 60 miles an hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, and 40 -45 mph in a 30 mph zone. They were not using lights or sirens.

The increasingly prickly de Blasio punted questions Friday about his lead-footed drivers to the NYPD, saying the maneuvers are a matter of police “security protocols.”

“Guys, listen, you need to talk to the NYPD, they can tell you about the security protocols that the drivers observe,” he told reporters just before setting out from his Brooklyn home on his morning jaywalk.

“We take very seriously the NYPD protocols, the NYPD training, so please talk to them,” he said.“I’ve got to go to the gym.”

The NYPD declined to comment or provide details of those protocols, even though the mayor directed questions be referred to the department.

Minutes after talking to the press, De Blasio and his police security posse set off down 11th Street, toward 6th Ave, ignoring the pedestrian “don’t walk” warning as they crossed to 10th Street around 7:25 am.

The mayor then made his way to Colson Patisserie, where he had an oatmeal, water and small espresso before continuing the Prospect Park YMCa gym around 7:40.

His SUV security detail then waited outside to give de Blasio a lift home when he finished his workout shortly after 9 am.

A short time later, the mayor declined to answer questions, quipping “have a nice day!” as he ducked into his SUV for the drive to City Hall.

Appearances to the contrary, the mayor said Friday he is “very serious” about his sweeping Vision Zero traffic safety initiative – announced Wednesday — which includes lowering the city speed limit to 25 to end traffic deaths.

Among those written up in the January ticket writing sting was 84-year-old Kang Wang, a Chinese immigrant who could not understand the cops and was left bloodied when he resisted. De Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton have said the ticket blitz was not part of a citywide effort.

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#2 Feb 23, 2014
By Peter Beinart

Maybe Bill de Blasio got lucky. Maybe he only won because he cut a sweet ad featuring his biracial son. Or because his rivals were either spectacularly boring, spectacularly pathological, or running for Michael Bloomberg’s fourth term. But I don’t think so. The deeper you look, the stronger the evidence that de Blasio’s victory is an omen of what may become the defining story of America’s next political era: the challenge, to both parties, from the left. It’s a challenge Hillary Clinton should start worrying about now.

To understand why that challenge may prove so destabilizing, start with this core truth: For the past two decades, American politics has been largely a contest between Reaganism and Clintonism. In 1981, Ronald Reagan shattered decades of New Deal consensus by seeking to radically scale back government’s role in the economy. In 1993, Bill Clinton brought the Democrats back to power by accepting that they must live in the world Reagan had made. Located somewhere between Reagan’s anti-government conservatism and the pro-government liberalism that preceded it, Clinton articulated an ideological “third way”: Inclined toward market solutions, not government bureaucracy, focused on economic growth, not economic redistribution, and dedicated to equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. By the end of Clinton’s presidency, government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product was lower than it had been when Reagan left office.

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#3 Feb 23, 2014
De Blasio is the worst mayor in NYC history. I swear, whoever voted for him (obviously the majority of NY'ers) are stupid! Well, I guess they didn't know he was gonna be so bad. I miss the days when Koch was still in office. I'd even trade de Blasio for Bloomberg.


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#4 Feb 23, 2014
...maybe double dates with the Weiners...

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#5 Feb 23, 2014
If that happens, Enzo, I would be so speechless...

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