NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a wide-ranging interview to Good Day New York host Rosanna Scotto on Wednesday November 25, 2015.
The mayor updated security concerns surrounding the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the wake of terror attacks in Paris.
"The preparation is outstanding but now we've added more capacity," de Blasio said.
De Blasio also said the NYPD's disbanded demographics unit alienated Muslim-Americans — the very people who could assist law enforcement in the fight against terror.
He said the surveillance "unfortunately" sent the message that "there was a suspicion" about people in Muslim-American communities.
He said instead they should have been treated as allies in the fight against terror.
He also talked about how statistics show that crime is down in New York City.
De Blasio also talked about tackling the homelessness problem in the city and says it is time for Gov. Cuomo to step up and help the city solve the issue.
Asked about his contentious relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he cited former Mayor Ed Koch.
De Blasio said Koch used to dole out praise when the governor helped the city — and speak out when the city wasn't being served.
De Blasio says there's nothing new about governors and mayors agreeing and disagreeing. But the only way to "get results" for New York City he says "is to call it out."
On his campaign promise to ban carriage horses in the city, the mayor said, "We're not there yet."