Juliet Papa

City Councilman Says De Blasio Taking Page Out Of Trump's Playbook With DOI Attacks

March 26, 2018 - 12:59 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City councilman Ritchie Torres says Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking a page right out of President Trump's playbook with his attacks on the Department of Investigation.

Torres wants to require council approval before the mayor can fire DOI Commissioner Mark Peters. He also wants changes made in budget and law to keep the agency less reliant on City Hall, 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reported. 

"Here in NYC, we have seen a less sensational but nevertheless insidious assault on the independence of New York City's oldest law enforcement agency," Torres said at a budget hearing Monday.

"There is nothing more important than an independant, non-political law enforcement force in a civil democracy," Peters said.

Torres said he decided to push for the measure after a November report in the New York Post said the mayor wanted to fire Peters for exposing a series of problems in his administration.

Torres says the current charter doesn't have much protection for the department or its commissioner, and that has to change.

So far there has been no comment from de Blasio.