Just nineteen days before President-Elect Donald Trump takes over for President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called up Angie Martinez to discuss our city's 2016 crime rate decrease and to assure New Yorkers that things will not change in New York once Trump takes over.
Angie and the Mayor discussed:
- The new Second Ave subway line which just started running this past weekend and our minimum wage increase which went into effect this past Saturday.
- The city's incidents of "Stop and Frisk" being down by 93% since the Mayor took office and how he's gotten better results than ever due to this.
- The Mayor's office constantly working towards building the trust between police and the community.
- The Mayor's fears that Trump may bring back the overuse of Stop & Frisk since he is already looking to bring it back in Chicago.
- His over one hour long meeting with Trump about which he says "was a substantive meeting."
- The challenge of securing Trump during his stay in New York City after being elected president and how the Mayor is working to be reimbursed for what this has cost the city. "I'm working with Congress to be reimbursed" he assures Angie.
- New Yorkers not needing to worry about extreme change coming to our city such as a Muslim registry or defunding Planned Parenthood. "We have the ability to set our paths and there are things we will not do...we will set our own path in a number of ways" he says. "We are not changing because of who was elected for President."
- The decision on Hillary Clinton's part to attend the Presidential Inauguration and the Mayor's decision to not attend. The Mayor says on inauguration night he will be here in New York handling his business.
- The two also discuss wether or not Mayor de Blasio plans to play "nice" with Trump about which he says that he plans to simply play "firm" and make sure to stand up for New Yorkers. "This is about standing up to the Federal Government on anything that interferes with the right of our people" he says.
- Working with other Mayors such as the Mayor of Chicago who has been struggling with crime rates which are currently at an alarming high rate.
- Plus much more.
Check out the interview: