10:38 am Jun. 4, 2012
Wendy Long, who has mostly been courting upstate Republicans as part of her quest to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, waded into New York City politics this morning with a statement of support for the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.
Long said the policy had helped make New York the safest big city in the country, but warned that "liberal judicial activism and political interference threatens to turn back the clock putting people in danger and sacrificing the quality of life in the city."
Long, who previously served as counsel to a non-profit that pushed for conservative federal judges, criticized the recent decision by district court judge Shira Scheindlin to grant class-action status to plaintiffs challenging the policy, saying it "disregards the clear requirements for a class action."
"Having been on the front lines of the confirmation battles involving Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, I know firsthand what is at stake when the Senate exercises its 'advise and consent' power over federal judges," she said.
Long also attacked the decision by district judge Nicholas Garaufis to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the diversification of the New York Fire Department.
"With six more years of Senator Gillibrand giving no counter point to Senator Schumer's judicial selections, New Yorkers can expect a lengthy parade of Garaufises and Scheindlins. I will stand up for judges who faithfully follow the law as it is written."
Long's statement didn't mention Governor Andrew Cuomo, who also waded into the stop-and-frisk debate this morning, with a report that he's supporting legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view.