New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he wouldn't remain for a full eight years if Mayor Bill de Blasio is re-elected, noting he's “very comfortable” that he will achieve his goals before then, reports the Wall Street Journal. The 67-year-old commissioner didn't say when he would leave office but ruled out finishing two full terms. “I will not be commissioner for 6½ [more] years. That's the reality. I'd be 70-some-odd…years old by that time,” he said. De Blasio, whose current term ends in 2017, disagrees with the commissioner, saying Bratton is not too old.
De Blasio cited Pope Francis, whom he visited in the Vatican this week, as someone who is working well into his 70s. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Bratton’s approval rating higher than de Blasio's. Bratton returned to the city in 2014 for a second turn heading NYPD in a move viewed as an attempt to cement his crime-fighting legacy. He also served from 1994 to 1996, leaving after clashing with Mayor Rudy Giuliani.