7:53 am May. 15, 2012
When Public Advocate Bill de Blasio proposed that the NYPD be made to account more closely for its use of stop-and-frisk as a crime-fighting tool, he received a short, sharp rebuke from top Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson, who suggested de Blasio was trying to return New York to a time when there were more than 2,000 murders a year.
That's roughly how many there were during the Dinkins administration, in which de Blasio served as a not-particularly prominent aide.
As Michael Powell points out, Ray Kelly was around back then too, as Dinkins' police commissioner. Powell thinks Kelly was a very different commissioner back then, and that he has become less responsive to the public and less sensitive to his black and Latino allies in the time since.
This morning, another 2013 mayoral candidate, Bill Thompson, is attending a press conference to call for an end to ethnic profiling and reform of the department's current stop-and-frisk policy.
The response from City Hall, presumably, will be rapid.
Andrew Cuomo is in Albany.
10 a.m. Bill Thompson attends a press conference "announcing the End Stop and Frisk Silent March Against Racial Profiling" at Foley Square
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11:30 a.m. Michael Bloomberg joins NYC's chief digital officer Rachel Sterne and the founder of Internet Week to release a map of tech start-ups and job opportunities at 82 Mercer Street
1 p.m. Christine Quinn, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Domenic Recchia and others announce the Council's override of the mayor's veto of the prevailing wage legislation at City Hall
7 p.m. Thompson attends the Black Journalists 24 annual Scholarships and Awards Dinner at 3940 Broadway
At Barnard, Obama drew an unsubtle distinction between himself and Romney on women's issues. [Mark Landler and John Cushman]
Barnard graduates who enthusiastically cheered Obama's commencement speech are suckers who bought snake oil. [New York Post]
Obama encouraged the graduates of the all-women's school to "fight for your seat at the table." [Newscore]
Obama didn't talk much about his time in New York. [Sophia Hollander]
"We admire his courage," singer Rick Martin said of Obama at a $5,000-a-person fund-raiser. [Helen Kennedy]
One influential Republican who's been trying to draft NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to run for mayor said, "It's not on his drawing board." [David Seifman]
Allen Roskoff doesn't think Quinn is progressive enough to attend his club's annual awards ceremony. [Laura Nahmias]
Headline: "NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s dad interrupts press conference to deliver hair piece for her wedding" [Reuven Blau]
Rep. Nydia Velazquez said she fought for 10 years in order to get an annual $55 million federal subsidy for 21 housing projects in her district. "Where was my opponent, as chair of the Housing Committee in the City Council, where was he in terms of securing the City Council funding? [NY1]
"Now the race will go to a manual recount, the first since New York City began using its new scanning machines. Because Mr. Storobin’s margin was less than one-half percent of the 22,137 votes cast, a hand recount is required under the rules of the Board of Elections." [Liz Robbins]
Stop and Frisk
Republican consultant Tom Doherty: "So, maybe you're looking at 4,000 African-American or Hispanic kids, mothers or fathers lying dead on the street because somebody got pulled over and frisked a little bit. Frisk me tonight … Do it to me." [Inside City Hall]
Bill de Blasio's role in the Dinkins administration was a lot less influential than Ray Kelly's. [Michael Powell]
September 11 Voting
The State Senate and Assembly are considering moving this date of this year's legislative primaries from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13. [Jon Campbell]
The Republican state senator from Chemung County who is sponsoring the bill "said the switch is being made out of respect for police and firefighters who will be attending memorial services on 9/11." [Glenn Blain]
Flashback: New York officials have basically declared "every Sept. 11 a politics-free day … As a result, Sept. 11 has become a day when we practically outlaw the normal functions of our democracy". [Clyde Haberman]
The Council will vote to require banks to account for their activity in poor neighborhoods before the city deposits money with them. [Kate Taylor]
Bloomberg is giving $500,000 to help anti-tobacco advocates fight a $40 million campaign by the tobacco industry to defeat a California referendum to raise the cigarette tax in that state by 87 cents. [David Seifman]
Brad Lander: "[E]mployers shouldn't deny people jobs based on their credit history." [Reuven Blau]
"If nobody is talking about pay raises, the issue keeps coming up somehow." [Zack Fink]
Espada will attempt to use his conviction to become a martyr. [Bill Hammond]
"Looking ashen, and surrounded by a phalanx of burly bodyguards, he stepped into a waiting Cadillac SUV and sped off." [Mitchel Maddux, Lauren Babcock and Dan Mangan]
Gustavo Rivera, the man who beat Espada at the polls, gets attention for doing his business in Albany quite differently. [Winnie Hu]
Bernie Goldberg to Bill O'Reilly: "Try to get Tina Brown Stengel from Time magazine to say 'No no, we're not objective news operations. We are journals [of opinions]. They won't admit it. They won't admit so they have to be taken to task when they do something like this." [Fox]