Bringing Giuliani’s policing theory into a debate about Bloomberg’s

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The Post repurposes a City Journal piece by Rudy Giuliani today about the roles played by "broken windows theory" and CompStat in lowering New York City's crime rates during his tenure as mayor.  

The piece is more or less boilerplate Giuliani, spelling out the now-familiar conclusion he reached after putting his crime-fighting theories into practice, namely that aggressive, proactive treatment of the symptoms of disorder is more effective than what he presents as an old liberal prescription of treating root social causes and hoping bad behavior goes away.

"Social programs" didn't solve the problem on their own, Giuliani says, nor did beefed-up beat policing.

Nothing new here, except the context: an increasingly unified opposition among the likely successors predecessors to the current administration's sanctioning of aggressive use of stop-and-frisk by the NYPD to keep guns off the streets. 

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Most of the Democratic contenders for mayor believe the policing policies of the department under commissioner Ray Kelly need to be revisited; one candidate, City Comptroller John Liu, believes stop-and-frisk should be banned altogether.

Liu also said crime had been dropping in New York City after David Dinkins (and his commissioner, Ray Kelly) implemented the Safe Streets program, and suggested the drop could have been even larger if Dinkins' program hadn't been replaced by Giuliani's.

We haven't heard much from Giuliani for a while, since the Bloomberg administration managed to keep crime rates low and, until recently, to do so without the stoking the sort of racial tension that was a constant during the Rudy years.

Now, late in Bloomberg's final term, some of the tension is coming back. And so, right on time, is Rudy Giuliani.

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Events

10:15 a.m. Michael Bloomberg opens the new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

10:30 a.m. Andrew Cuomo has a ceremonial bill signing for legislation protecting the disabled in state-run facilities at Syracuse University's Schine Student Center.

11:30 a.m. Bloomberg and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig make an announcement at City Hall

11:30 a.m. Rep. Charles Rangel talks with Kyra Phillips on CNN

2 p.m. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy and the state's health commissioner discuss Cuomo's legislation at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua

6 p.m. Bloomberg presents an award to Bette Midler at Gracie Mansion

6:30 p.m. Scott Stringer hosts a panel discussion entitled "Moving Beyond Stop-and-Frisk, with speakers from the NYCLU, Fortune Society and National Action Network at Touro College in Harlem

2012

Obama spent an hour on "The View". [David Hinckley]

Here We Go Again: Boehner doesn't want to raise the debt ceiling. [New York Times]

2013

While 2013 mayoral candidates are calling for reform, Rudy Giuliani and "broken windows" make an reappearance. [New York Post]

A columnist acknowledges the problem the tactic causes for black and Latino men, but says it has saved thousands of lives. [Richard Cohen]

Scott Stringer wants the state to suspend plans to rate teachers based on results from standardized tests after problems were found with some of the questions on the test. [Rachel Monahan]

Stringer said he's glad one of his ideas about reforming stop-and-frisk was "adopted" by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. When asked, Stringer wouldn't say if he'd replace NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. [NY1]

That suspension is just what the teachers union wants. [Daily News]

Investigation: Bill Thompson led the Battery Park City Authority when it took two votes that reduced by $300 million the amount of money the agency collects from tenants. [Nathaniel Herz]

A museum run by Bill Thompson's wife is still not ready to open, as it tries raising more money for renovations. [Patricia Cohen]

Senate 2012

"Being a Hillary person, at first I felt negative about [Kirsten Gillibrand] but I’ve followed Kirsten. Listened to her three times. She’s terrific," said Loida Lewis, who is hosting a fund-raiser for the Senator next month. [Cindy Adams]

NY-06

Dr. Robert Mittman says he's a real candidate running a real race, but where's his F.E.C. filing? [Celeste Katz]

In a campaign flier, Liz Crowley is taking credit for school funding that was secured by her predecessor. [Adam Lombardi]

SD-27

A mandatory hand-recount of the election could prevent Republican David Storobin -- who leads by just 27 votes -- from taking office before the legislature leaves Albany on June 21. But a win would boost his chances if he runs for the newly drawn "Super Jewish" district. [Erin Dunkin]

Policing the Police

Although the city is admitting no wrongdoing, police officers will be retrained on proper ways to search taxi passengers and will pay a total of $20,000 to two men and $37,500 in legal fees after the NYCLU sued the NYPD. [Benjamin Weiser]

Albany

"Batra said JCOPE should be probed for leaking information about a potential inquiry into Libous." [Joe Spector]

Jay Jacobs, a Paterson holdover, is leaving his post as chairman of the New York State Democratic Party by May 24 and Andrew Cuomo will pick his replacement. [Jay Jacobs]

A new head of the state Democratic Party will be selected during the group's May 23-24 meeting in Albany. [Jon Campbell]

Republican state senate leader Dean Skelos said he doesn't support the assembly speaker's minimum wage legislation, but hasn't ruled out some wage increase. [Joseph Spector]

City Hall

As a wedding gift to Christine Quinn, Michael Bloomberg will donate to the cancer research memorial fund Quinn and Kim Catullo created. [Reuven Blau and Tina Moore]

The city's corporation counsel, Michael Cardoza, defends his agency's practice of aggressively defending the city against suits by people injured by fallen trees and branches. [William Glaberson]

Brooklyn

Vito Lopez: "Lincoln challenged somebody else, and now somebody challenged him, and he’s crying all over the place, and I guess you have a right. He’s shooting from the hip at everybody, including me." [Colin Campbell]

Videos

John Liu compares stop-and-frisk to martial law, and suggests crime in NYC could have been reduced even more if David Dinkins' strategy hadn't been placed by Rudy Giuliani's. [YouTube]

Cory Booker can't stop saving people as Chris Christie struggles to get his mojo back. [GovChristie]

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