As New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton keeps pushing for more officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio finds himself in a delicate spot, reports the Wall Street Journal. Behind-the-scenes negotiations continue on whether the police head count of about 35,000 should grow. De Blasio has said he wants no new officers and he proposed no increase in his budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Most insiders expect a compromise that gives Bratton more officers—but not everything he wants. Bratton appears today at a City Council budget hearing.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with Bratton, has pushed for as many as 1,000 additional officers. Polls have shown New Yorkers hold Bratton in higher esteem than de Blasio and don't believe the mayor is handling policing issues well. An aide said the mayor was satisfied with the size of the force and believes the city is increasingly safe. Adding 1,000 officers to a force of 35,000 would cost the city tens of millions of dollars.