With Consensus Building, Mayor De Blasio Joins Calls To Close Rikers Island

At a hastily-arranged press conference held in the City Hall Rotunda on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility” within a decade.

“This is a historic announcement,” the mayor told reporters. “We now have a real plan. This is a day New Yorkers have been waiting for.”