Kelly won't attend de Blasio inauguration

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a press conference on Aug. 12, 2013. (Credit: Getty Images)

Ray Kelly, the outgoing NYPD commissioner whose record became a political football during this year's mayoral election, won't be at Bill de Blasio's inauguration Wednesday.

"No," Kelly said Friday in response to a reporter's question on whether he would attend.

Aides to both men didn't return messages asking whether de Blasio had invited Kelly.


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De Blasio said early on in the race that he wouldn't keep Kelly -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg's only police commissioner during his 12-year-tenure -- because of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic that saw a surge under Kelly. De Blasio said it resulted in unconstitutional racial profiling, a characterization with which Kelly strongly disagrees.

In Playboy magazine last month, Kelly agreed with an interviewer who used a barnyard expletive to describe the criticism leveled at the NYPD by the mayor-elect and other candidates.

"They'll say or do anything to get elected," Kelly said.

The mayor-elect later said they had a discussion that "cleared the air," but neither man would reveal what was said.

With Anthony M. DeStefano

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