Add More Cops and Leave Politics Out of It
by Anthony Stasi
Apr 08, 2015 | 7334 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio may find satisfaction or validation from his supposed break in trust with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Whether the relationship has soured between the two city leaders is, at this point, pure speculation.

We’ve been here before, however. New Yorkers who were here in the early Giuliani days remember when Bratton was none too happy with Rudy. It’s no secret when Bratton loses his love connection with an administration.

Bratton wants more police officers, a reality that has been discussed on this page twice in the last two years. It is important for the police force to grow with the heightened complexities of the job.

There is just too much asked of police officers today, and with the added threat of terrorist attacks, a commissioner asking for more officers is a real issue. Even if Bratton cannot get 1,000 more police officers, there should be a way to add a few hundred more.

Maybe Bratton was never meant for the long haul with this administration. It was important for the mayor to appear tough on crime as he ushered in his progressive plan for the city. Bratton gave the Mayor instant credibility, especially to those who were worried about the city reverting back to the “bad old days.”

Now, the mayor can replace Bratton with someone who better fits the gestalt of this administration, which leaves us asking why Bratton took the job?

De Blasio has never pulled any ideological punches. He is the same guy that he campaigned as in 2013. Bratton has always wanted to return to New York City and prove that he can keep crime down, and that Giuliani was taking too much of the credit for the city’s renaissance.

Rudy was not Mr. Nice Guy, but at least the two men agreed on the mission. Now, the commissioner is with a gentler personality, but he might feel lost at sea in a city where the tide has shifted.

But all politics and personalities aside, the city – the people - should have a larger police presence, especially in high-need areas.

The Price of Day Baseball

Spring is in the air, and baseball season is here. We are lucky to have so much baseball in New York, whether it is major or minor league ball.

I usually get to a game on my birthday, which is the second week of the season, which means its freezing. It’s even colder since I only attend night games. This has me wondering why the Mets and Yankees do not lower ticket prices for fans - especially young fans and seniors, as well as veterans - for midweek days games.

No team sells out a midweek day game with the exception of opening day. Day baseball fans are usually small in number and unique. Go to YouTube and look up what former Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia has to say about people who have the time to take in day baseball (warning: explicit language).

There are 12 midweek day games that the Yankees and Mets will play combined between April and July. Twelve games that will not sell out regardless of how well either team is doing in the standings. Why not lower the prices at all levels to get more fans into the parks?

They would be spending money when they get there, so it would still be a win for the stadiums. It’s also an act of good faith between the teams and the fans. I remember having a conversation with Don Zimmer, who was coaching third base for the Yankees in 1986, during a game - that’s how empty the stadium was. It was an experience that Zimmer did not enjoy nearly as much as I did.

Those of us who are gainfully employed can handle the price of admission, but with all those empty seats in the early months during the day, why not make it easier for seniors and kids?

A few years ago, the Mets established a ticket-pricing scheme based on who they were playing, which was a ridiculous idea. But if teams can manipulate ticket prices according to the opposition team, they should do that for day baseball.

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