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A different kind of Mayor

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
December 17, 2013 1:49:15 PM PST
New Yorkers elected a different kind of Mayor, and it appears they're going to get one. Bill de Blasio says he's opening his inauguration ceremonies to the public, and ditto for an open house Jan. 5 at Gracie Mansion, the first time "in recent memory" that's been done, says the Mayor's inauguration staff.

Got to hand it to hizzoner-elect, opening up his house to all New Yorkers for a lookie-loo visit. Can you imagine doing that at your abode? I love having people over, but putting out the open house sign to any and all in a city of 8.2 million? Wow.

We'll have the latest on the inauguration plans - hey, what are you doing Jan. 1? ? tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest in the search for the two killers of a young lawyer in New Jersey - shot and killed as his wife watched in horror at the Short Hills Mall over the weekend. Two men carjacked their Range Rover after they shopped at the mall. Tomorrow, the victim, Dustin Friedland, will be buried, as cops look for his killers. Did he fight the killers/carjackers? Cops are not saying much about what they apparently know.

And imagine a device that would prevent drunk drivers from even starting their car? It exists of course, but there's no law mandating its use. Today, the feds released a guideline for the state's to implement "ignition interlock programs." Research shows that convicted drunk drivers are 75 percent less likely to repeat the behavior when interlocks are installed - duh.

Someday we'll look back and realize that so many thousands of deaths could have been prevented had interlocks been required for all drivers. As it is, about 2 out of every 4 traffic deaths occurring around the holidays involve alcohol.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast (are you done with the snow yet?) and Laura Behnke (in for Rob Powers) with the night's sports. I hope you can Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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