Bill Thompson lays out a Post-friendly strategy for fighting crime

Briefing: Thompson. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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In an interview with Post columnist Michael Goodwin, declared mayoral candidate Bill Thompson articulates a familiar criticism from Michael Bloomberg's would-be successors, saying that the NYPD has become too reliant on its stop-and-frisk program. At the same time, he says the city should hire more police officers.

Goodwin rewards Thompson for this by calling him the "first 2013 candidate to lay down a serious marker about crime."

Will the other leading candidates, each of whom supports a modified version of stop-and-frisk, get such a respectful hearing when they (inevitably) propose something similar?

Meanwhile, in the Daily News, the current mayor writes an op-ed pressing for more gun-control laws to be passed in Washington. And Joanna Molloy writes about purchasing bullets online from the same site used by the Aurora gunman.

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Molloy notes that the U.S. postal service doesn't send bullets through the mail, but UPS and FedEx do.

Quote

A New Jersey man told a 911 operator about a room he found that "has no furniture except two bed. Has no clothing. Has New York City Police Department radios." [Associated Press]

Events

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.

8:50 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer attends a breakfast in support of the Sustainable and Healthy New York Car Wash Campaign, at 9 Barclay Street, in Manhattan.

10 a.m. The Brian Lehrer Show: WSJ editor Matthew Goldstein on LIBOR, Joyce Purnick on Bloomberg's health and safety policies, and Elisabeth Wehling on the language of politics.

12:30 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a press conference in the Red Room of City Hall.

1 p.m. The N.Y.U. expansion plan is expected to be voted on when the City Council meets, in the Chambers at City Hall.

4 p.m. The Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council has a press conference demanding more info from Con Ed about brownout conditions, on the steps of City Hall.

5 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a photo-op with Solar Pirates of Staten Island at City Hall.

6:50 p.m. Stringer speaks at Shakespeare in the Park, at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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2012

One-time Newt Gingrinch benefactor Sheldon Adelson is bankrolling a new ad campaign courting Jewish supporters for Mitt Romney. "[I]f Mr. Romney won 25 percent of the Jewish vote, it would be the best showing by a Republican candidate in more than two decades." [Jeff Zeleny]

2013

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York's congressional delegation want Olympic athletes to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Israeli athletes killed in Munich. [Beth Defalco]

Bill Thompson says stop-and-frisk should be used less and more cops should be hired, which prompts a Post columnist to call him "the first 2013 candidate to lay down a serious marker about crime." [Michael Goodwin]

NY-06

Republican city councilman Dan Halloran referenced the Holocaust during testimony against Bloomberg's beverage ban. His spokesman later said, "He wasn't comparing anyone to anything. It was a joke." [Maya Shwayder]

Albany

Cuomo aides are concerned about a specific (and inaccurate) passage on aide Linda Lacewell's memo that could bolster Eliot Spitzer's argument that the Troopergate investigation was faulty. [Danny Hakim]

City Hall

Only eight of the 11 Board of Health officials attended the public hearing on Bloomberg's beverage ban. Some left early and none spoke during proceedings. [Michael Grynbaum]

Next fight: alcohol abuse. [Carl Campanile]

"Over 10,000 Couples Were Given Licenses in the First Year of Gay Marriage." [Kate Taylor]

Gay marriage brought $259 million into city coffers. [David Seifman]

Outgoing Republican state senator Jim Alesi is glad he voted for the bill. [Stephen Reader]

The Bloomberg administration can't oust staff at 24 failing schools, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled. [Yoav Gonen]

City Council

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and his brother rescued two girls from "rough surf" in Long Branch. [Josh Margolin]

The N.YU. expansion should be rejected, since it's too big for Greenwich Village and other neighborhoods would happily take the buildings. [E.L. Doctorow]

Protesters shouldn't be allowed to taunt horse carriage drivers. [Nicole Gelinas]

Guns and Safety

The Associated Press obtained "tape and emails that described the NYPD's efforts to keep [a 911] recording a secret." The recording led to the revelation about the NYPD's anti-terrorism surveillance in New Jersey. [Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman]

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced legislation to ban extended magazines that hold more than ten bullets. [Chuck Bennett]

In an op-ed, Bloomberg grimly notes, "During the next President’s term, if we do nothing, 48,000 people will be murdered with guns." [Daily News]

Obama supports renewing the assault weapons ban, his spokesman said. [Alison Gendar]

Joanna Molloy: "I just bought a box of bullets on the Internet for 16 bucks. I shopped at Bulkammo.com, one of the online sites where James Holmes reportedly purchased some of the 6,000 bullets he brought to the Aurora movie theater." [Daily News]

Bloomberg responds gently after an indirect shot from New Jersey governor Chris Christie. [David Seifman]

One daily paper editorializes about the need for better federal gun control laws. [Daily News]

One daily paper asks "why weren’t the critics of stop-and-frisk out there calling on witnesses to come forward and aid the investigation?" [New York Post]

Jimmy Meng

After appearing in court yesterday on federal bribery charges, former assemblyman Jimmy Meng insisted he had "done nothing wrong." [Mitchel Maddux]

Meng to reporters: "I didn't do anything" and "I don't believe you guys should even report this." [David Chen]

On Air

Eliot Spitzer and Ed Koch say a neutral, third party should oversee state archives. [Inside City Hall]

From Capital

Why aren't the New York Post and Manhattan Institute getting into the debate about federal gun control? [Azi Paybarah]

The Daily News fired their political editor Ian Bishop just before the 2012 conventions. [Joe Pompeo]

Daily News staffers are hoping to hear Colin Myler's vision for the paper. [Joe Pompeo]

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