- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says calls to close the Rikers Island jail are “noble” but raise major financial and logistical issues.

According to The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1KWf38u ), de Blasio told reporters Tuesday that there is “a certain appeal to the notion of starting over.”

But the Democrat said that would cost “billions of dollars” and he has to “look out for the taxpayer.”

Democratic City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has announced a commission to study the fate of the 400-acre island in the East River. It houses most of New York City’s 10,000 inmates.

Another Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Tuesday that Rikers is dangerous and dated and should be replaced.

De Blasio has sought to reduce the Rikers population and improve conditions there.

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