7:48 am May. 9, 2012
On Sunday, Bill de Blasio said the New York Police Department was administering a "fatal dose" of stop-and-frisks.
This afternoon, de Blasio will be on the City Hall steps with other lawmakers to announce a plan his office says will "dramatically reduce" the use stop-and-frisk.
De Blasio previewed his plan in an interview with the Times; it entails, among other things, a demand that the mayor "request an internal audit by the Police Department of its statistics on what occurs after each stop-and-frisk episode."
Other 2013 mayoral candidates have offered their own plans for refining the department's application of stop-and-frisks. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, for example, endorsed a "call-in" approach brings a wide array of police and social service resources on a narrower group of bad actors in a particular community. (It's similar to a proposal from two Yale academics.)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who praised the NYPD commissioner while also calling for dramatic changes in this policy, has called for more Council oversight and police training.
An earlier attempt to curb the use of stop-and-frisks by NYPD officers actually wound up increasing use of the tactic. In a lengthy (and worth-reading, if you haven't already) look at the NYPD, Chris Smith of New York magazine quoted an unnamed Brooklyn officer who said the paperwork already generated from stop-and-frisks "is an easy way for supervisors to feed the statistical beast, to show that action is being taken to deal with spikes in crime."
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8 a.m. Christine Quinn speaks at City Year New York's 2nd annual Women's Breakfast, at 767 Fifth Ave.
11 a.m. Andrew Cuomo holds a cabinet meeting in Albany.
12:15 p.m. Bill de Blasio, Micah Kellner, Nick Perry, Leroy Comrie, Danny Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Robert Jackson, Melissa Mark-Vivertio Jumaane Williams and others will call on Bloomberg will announce "a plan to reduce the number of unwarranted Stop and Frisk searches" on the steps of City Hall.
"City Councilman Peter Koo’s proposal to honor Asian women used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers in World War II is sparking outrage from across the globe." [Lisa Colangelo]
Howard Wolfson: "I mean is there anyone who doesn't think that President Obama believes in gay marriage? Nobody. I mean everybody assumes that he's for gay marriage. I assume that, we all assume that." [Jane Cowan]
Michael Bloomberg said gay marriage will be a factor in his endorsement decision. [Colin Campbell]
D.N.C. committeeman Robert Zimmerman: "It's absolutely imperative that he endorses marriage equality." [Geoff Earle and Erik Kriss]
Mitt Romney on Sean Hannity: "The reduction in the unemployment rate is due entirely to the fact that a large number of people have dropped out of the workforce. Had those people not dropped out of the workforce, the unemployment rate would be up above 10 percent." [Fox]
Obama came to New York, in part, for Andrew Cuomo's seal of approval. [Dan Amira]
"For all his popularity, Mr. Cuomo has been a marginal figure in the presidential contest, preferring to tend to business in here in the capital than to stump for Mr. Obama. Few would perceive him as an Obama surrogate the way a neighboring governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, is seen as an impassioned cheerleader for the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney." [Jacob Gershman and Jared Favole]
Rangel's spokesman on Romney: "I don't believe he believes anything." [Roberto Perez] 2013
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will call for the mayor to conduct an internal audit of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice. [Michael Grynbaum]
It's de Blasio's 2nd stop-and-frisk event this week.
De Blasio: NYPD administering a "fatal dose" of stop-and-frisk. [Capital]
A "clearly irritated Kelly was asked if he was running for mayor and if he could work for Quinn. His answer was, as usual, 'I’m not running for anything.'" [Carol D'Auria]
Dov Hikind's comments to the Post about Bill Thompson's strength in the Orthodox Jewish community cause a stir. [Jewish Press]
Hikind clarifies: "I was quoted as saying Bill Thompson is a favorite in the Jewish community. That’s true. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the favorite." [DovHikind.blogspot.com]
Visual Interpretation: "Videographers, photographers and reporters all documented New York’s ambitious governor in a red power tie speaking behind the most powerful seal on the planet as if he owned it.
"He was there to warmly introduce President Obama during a visit to Albany — but don’t be shocked if that image is the cornerstone of an ad for a 2016 Cuomo White House run." [Ken Lovett]
Hillary Clinton will get the Century Award at the New York Women's Foundation breakfast at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday. [Page Six]
Rangel on Bloomberg's endorsement: "Do I want it? Yes. Have I gotten it in the past? Yes. Have we worked closely together? Yes. Is there any reason for me to see why he wouldn't do it? Absolutely not. But I don't want to take my campaign and put other people in some awkward political position to say which side are you on." [NY1]
119 disputed ballots will be counted and could, potentially, wipe away Democrat Lew Fidler's 87-vote lead over Republican David Storobin. [Adam Dickter]
More on Bloomberg not reading a $500,000 report the city paid for, about problems with the 911 emergence call system. [Associated Press]
Scott Stringer: "If a document that outlines how well the city is saving lives isn't important reading material, I’m not sure what is." [David Seifman]
"His admission is especially startling given that Bloomberg himself commissioned the study …" [Juan Gonzalez]
June 4: "Our emperor M. Bloomberg’s throwing a tented cocktail party at Gracie Mansion" for the Made in NY Awards. [Cindy Adams]
Chris Matthews: "The statement that the president is evolving places him in sync with many Americans. If he is at a further stage than he is willing to admit, that is not a point at which to decide against him. It's a far stronger reason to vote against his opponent whose evolution, as he's just declared, is nonexistent." [MSNBC]
Liz Holtzman: "I think the president out to come out for what's right and what's just. But from a political point of view, he's got some worries here."
Ed Koch: "I believe the president is in a lot of trouble and at this point, he's behind … I believe that unless he does something bold he will not win." [NY1]
Rep. Michael Grimm to Greta Van Susteren: "Jon Corzine is seen by most Americans, by Republicans and Democrats as someone who has access all the way at the highest levels, to the president. Even this past cycle, for the beginning of January 2012, he's listed as one of the largest bundlers for the Obama administration. This is after he's under investigation. It's things like that I think jeopardize the way people feel in America, the confidence in our system, as well as the integrity of our markets." [Fox]
"Jewish Version of TED Talks Launched" [Gary Rosenblatt]
A 1,262-word Times story about Russians in New York voting Republican. [Joseph Berger]
"I've never wanted to be Anthony Weiner" said Rep. Judy Chu, who is slowly increasing her visibility as head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. [Scott Wong]
With Obama. [Carl Heastie]
Presidential. [via Mike Groll / AP]
Talking to Mick Jagger. [Kristen Artz]
Slow jamming with Jimmy Fallon. [Kristen Artz]