7:45 am Jul. 25, 2012
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.
Molloy notes that the U.S. postal service doesn't send bullets through the mail, but UPS and FedEx do.
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]
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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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Eliot Spitzer and Ed Koch say a neutral, third party should oversee state archives. [Inside City Hall]
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]