8:30 am Feb. 15, 2012
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the New York Police Department's record-high number of stop-and-frisks, follows up with a write-up of a press conference denouncing the agency.
The lead anecdote is from a homeless man who said he was stopped-and-frisked four times but was never arrested or even given a ticket.
His testimony supports a main procedural criticism of the policy, which is that it's a blunt instrument that makes victims out of too many innocent people, sometimes repeatedly.
Another person who was in the crowd watching the press conference was a City Council aide who lives in a high-crime neighborhood in Brooklyn and has been repeatedly stopped by the police without being ticketed or arrested.
"Just days" before Trump endorsed Romney, Trump spoke with Americans Elect officials to discuss becoming their nominee for president. [Frank DiGiacomo]
Liu's outgoing deputy denied he is leaving because of a spat with Liu's top campaign aide Chung Seto. [Reuven Blau]
Rep. Hinchey's former aide Dan Lamb opened a committee to run for the seat, which may change dramatically or disappear in redistricting. He joins Sean Patrick Maloney, a former Clinton and Spitzer aide who also opened a committee. [Celeste Katz]
The Cuomo administration is seeking a $2 billion from the federal government to help pay for replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge. A spokesman said they're just exploring options. [Ted Mann]
The state comptroller's video claiming the pensions funds are fiscally sound, and that they therefore don't need to be curtailed under a new Tier 6 plan, is "highly misleading," says an editorial page. [Daily News]
"it’s not illegal in New York for a felon to lobby for gambling interests," another editorial page says, writing about the dealings of former state senator Nick Spano. [New York Post]
Cuomo said he's streamlining government, not expanding his powers. [Karen DeWitt]
New York City will release teacher-performance ratings "in the coming weeks" after a judge declined to hear a final appeal from the United Federation of Teachers, which called the ratings faulty. [Lisa Fleisher]
Cuomo aides say the governor can't use his powerful budgetary powers to help Bloomberg settle a fight with the U.F.T. [Jacob Gershman]
A homeless man was stopped and frisked four times and has never been arrested nor given a ticket. [Pervaiz Shallwani]
"Browne, the NYPD's spokesman, had no immediate comment regarding the allegations of spreading rumors that Sharpton was homosexual." [Trymaine Lee]
“I am not sure the mayor has Staten Island interests at the forefront in the remaining two years of his administration,” said Ignizio. [Judy Randall]
Liu's appointee cast the sole vote against giving Fresh Direct $83.5 million in city tax breaks to move from Long Island City to the South Bronx. [Daniel Beekman]
Lawyer Peter Reese will try to oust Len Leninhan as chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee. [Robert McCarthy]
Obama is coming to NYC on March 1. [flickr]