De Blasio Administration Is Muddy on New Rikers Island Facility

In response to a Voice story revealing that his administration was going forward with a previously-shelved Bloomberg-era plan to build a 1,489-bed jail on Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to hedge.

“I don’t know of any new facility being constructed on Rikers Island,” he said yesterday at a press conference in Brooklyn. “I know there’s work being done on existing facilities, but let’s have folks who are more expert than me speak to that.”