Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton hold rare news conference

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton held a rare news conference at Gracie Mansion Sunday afternoon.

The meeting follows a front page cover story in the New York Post that claims the mayor's wife First Lady Chirlane McCray does not trust the commissioner.

Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton denounced all published reports and advised the public not to believe the tabloids during the conference. They reassured that everybody is getting along, including the First Lady.

"I have absolute confidence in Commissioner Bratton and his leadership team. Absolute confidence in the direction they're taking the department," De Blasio said.

The news conference also follows the controversial retirement of Police Chief Philip Banks, who left the NYPD only days after he accepted the second-in-command position on the force.

Banks released the following statement Sunday about his resignation:

On Friday, I made the difficult decision to leave the NYPD after 28 years. While I recognize that I was a public servant, I am a private person. However, in light of the attention my decision has received and the ongoing inquires it has generated, I thought it was in everyone's interest that I make a few points. Since I feel that attention should be on how to make the finest police department in the world even better, I ask everyone to understand that I will not be commenting on this any further.

Banks went on to say the police force offered him many opportunities and he will always be proud of the work they did. Banks also said it is Bratton's right to replace him with whoever he sees fit.

"In this case, while serving as First Deputy Commissioner would have been an honor, I felt that the position would take me away from where I could make the greatest contribution: the police work and operations that I love so much. While Commissioner Bratton and I both made good-faith efforts to bridge that gap, we were not successful. For that reason, I informed the Commissioner that I could not serve in that role, and he graciously accepted my decision," he said.

The NYPD veteran claims he is at peace with his decision and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. He is also confident in Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton.

"I have every confidence that Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton will continue to build a department which every New Yorker can be proud of. While I will no longer be part of that worthy mission, I believe we should all support them."

Bratton is expected to announce Banks' replacement on Wednesday.