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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. Photo 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.

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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