Bloomberg says the argument is between managing stop-and-frisk and ending it, and some critics agree
Speaking at a church in Brownsville yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk program, which he said had saved lives, particularly in black and Hispanic communities.
The mayor said the policy should be "amended, not ended."
This formulation has often been used by the mayor and police commissioner to convey the impression that the argument is between an administration that wants to put a law-enforcement tool at the department's disposal and critics who want it taken away.
In fact, most of the highest-ranking critics of the policy have been careful to say that they want the department's stop-and-frisk policy to be reformed and more closely regulated, not abolished.
(In response to a Post editorial last week about a bunch of Democratic critics who wanted to "end it entirely," those same critics, when contacted, said that wasn't their position.)
One exception has been the comptroller and mayoral contender John Liu, who has actually called for stop-and-frisk to be abolished.
Another exception, apparently, is the leadership of the powerful political union 1199 SEIU, whose members handed out a flier at this weekend's Puerto Rican Day parade promoting a protest next week aimed at bringing an "end" to stop-and-frisk. A website dedicated to the march says the same thing. Which sets up the argument that the mayor has been looking for all along.
Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has no public schedule.
9:30 a.m. Ed Koch, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Assembly members Dov Hikind and Helene Weinstein and Council members David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Michael Nelson denounce "hateful remarks by Charles Barron" and "denounce Charles Barron as [an] Enemy of the State of Israel" outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park Place.
10:30 a.m. State Senator Dan Squadron, M.T.A. officials and others discuss increased L train service, at the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn.
3:45 p.m. Bloomberg makes an announcement and has a Q&A at 400 Irving Avenue.
6 p.m. League of Women Voters hosts a debate for NY-13 candidates, at 537 West 59th Street.
6:30 p.m. Council member Gale Brewer receives Wingspan Champion Award at the Wingspan Arts 10th Anniversary Gala, BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 Street, Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. Brewer addresses graduating class at The Smith School, 131 West 86th Street, Manhattan.
9 p.m. The Riverdale Press, Norwood News and BronxNet host a debate for the NY-13 candidates at Lehman College's Carman Hall, Room C4.
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Bill de Blasio and Jessica Lappin will return donations from a Rye City Court judge who violated state ethics rules. [Thomas Zambito]
Scott Stringer criticized the NYPD for not hiring a Hasidic recruit who refused to shave his beard for religious reasons. [Jonathan Lemire and Joe Kemp]
Stringer: The NYPD is "required to make a reasonable accommodation for religious beliefs." [Associated Press]
Malcolm Smith is running for something. [@GersonBorrero]
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Bloomberg: Stop-and-frisk "should be amended, not ended." [Associated Press]
The full 21-minute speech. [Courtney Gross]
Bloomberg "traveled to the heart of stop-and-frisk country" to deliver his message. [Dana Rubinstein]
Bloomberg's speech about stop-and-frisk was intended, in part, to show his empathy. [Pervaiz Shallwani]
"'There are some who would say that we stop too many black and Hispanic men,' he said, and applause broke out. Bloomberg tried to speak over the clapping." [Aidan Gardiner and Jesss Wisloski]
"Congregants gave Bloomberg loud applause during his address — but afterward, their reactions were mixed." [Sally Goldenberg, Jennifer Bain and Chuck Bennett]
"Some of the congregants, too, expressed unease about the policy, although they seemed to appreciate Mr. Bloomberg’s attempt to address the criticism." [Kate Taylor]
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"The troubled insurance fund for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East's personal-care workers will get a $70 million government bailout this year under a deal struck in Albany, the second taxpayer assist in less than a year for the powerful union's employee benefits fund."
Also: "Mr. Cuomo's deal was struck outside the normal budgeting process and didn't require legislative approval." [Jacob Gershman] (link fixed)
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