8:05 am Oct. 2, 2012
A federal judge ruled yesterday that hundreds of arrests by the New York Police Department during the Republican National Convention in 2004 were improper and unjustified.
The judge also ruled that the department had broken rules by fingerprinting more than 1,000 people even though they were only charged with noncriminal violations and had identification.
The ruling, as a Wall Street Journal article notes, could expose to the city to expensive lawsuits from the people who were arrested.
Quote of the Day
"The Fourth Amendment does not recognize guilt by association."-- Richard Sullivan, federal judge
9:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo participates in a regional economic council meeting, at SUNY Upstate Medical School, at 841 E. Fayette St., in Syracuse.
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs four bills related to illegal hotels, mobile access to information, street renaming and building signs about accessible entrances, at City Hall.
11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYC Small Business Service Commissioner Robert Walsh and others announce "measures to ease regulatory burden on small businesses," at the Red Room at City Hall.
Noon. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer releases a report on "economic abuse in New York" outside the Municipal Building, at 1 Centre St., in Manhattan.
4 p.m. Bloomberg, Stringer and others speak at the Groundbreaking for El Barrio's Artspace, at 215 East 99th St., in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception for Italian Heritage and Culture Month, at Gracie Mansion.
6:30 p.m. Stringer "turns Times Square Purple" to raise awareness of Domestic Violence, on Military Island, by W. 44th St., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Bloomberg attends a cocktail reception for Studio in a School, at Seagram's Plaza, at 375 Park Ave., in Manhattan.
8 p.m. Quinn attends a cocktail reception for Studio in a School, at Seagram's Plaza, at 375 Park Ave., in Manhattan.
"Romney’s challenge on the debate stage in Denver is to present his true self—whoever that is." [Josh Greenman]
A Princeton professor notes the great American presidents were not CEOs: Lincoln, Washington, the Roosevelts. The "truly successful businessmen" who were president: Hoover, Bush 43. [Alan Blinder]
An argument for ending "official time" or "release time," where the government pays government employees to work as "paid political operatives for powerful government unions." [Mallory Factor]
Republican congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle, Democratic challenger, Dan Maffei, and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum agreed to a second televised debate on October 24, that will be aired on three stations. [Mark Weiner]
Keeping the Buffalo Bills in New York could help boost Cuomo's 2014 chances in Western New York, which would be helpful in 2016. [Tom Precious]
"It’s simply impossible to take Cuomo seriously on this any more," and Cuomo's staff "wouldn’t even promise that this latest new hurdle would be the last of them." [New York Post]
Republicans in Westchester note Democratic state senate candidate George Latimer "won't demand" that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resign. [Carl Campanile]
Niagara County's former Democratic county chairman, Nicholas Forster, retained to the top post after defeating incumbent Jeremy Schnurr in a contentious vote. [Thomas Prohaska]
East Syracuse residents will vote on October 16 whether to replace their local police department with coverage from nearby DeWitt. [Elizabeth Doran]
2013 / City Hall
Bill Thompson has 120 days to appeal his $594,375 fine for illegal postering stemming from his 2009 mayoral race. [Michael Howard Saul]
The Garodnick amendments on the Paid Sick Leave bill are not good enough, says an editorial board. [Daily News]
White officers rally and testify against a Brooklyn judge's order to help diversity the fire department. "I feel I'm being discriminated against because I'm Caucasian," said firefighter Michael Butt. [John Marzulli]
NYPD Commissioner will double the size of the antigang unit to 300 officers, and focus on "street crews" who are responsible for a third of al shootings in the city. [Tamer el-Ghobashy]
A federal judge ruled that 226 arrests made at once during the Republican National Convention in New York City back in 2006 were illegitimate, and more than 1,000 people were wrongfully fingerprinted after being charged with only a violation. Expensive lawsuits may follow. [Sean Gardiner]
The arrests were "illegal." [Robert Gearty]
PS 234 in Tribeca went from an A grade last year to a C grade this year. [Amy Stretten and Yoav Gonen]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit for an unspecified amount of damages against J.P. Morgan over Bear Sterns selling and trading mortgages they should have known were likely to default. [Jean Eaglesham and Dan Fitzpatrick]
It's the first complaint against a big bank from the federal mortgage task force formed by the White House and led by Schneiderman. [Gretchen Morgenson]
Senator Chuck Schumer said Romney didn't have the guts to turn toward the center after the primary. [Reid Pillifant]
Michael Bloomberg absolutely doesn't want the State Senate run by Democrats before they're capable of "adult" behavior. [Dana Rubinstein]
Democratic state senator Eric Adams remembers when Bloomberg came "hat in hand" asking Senate Democrats for help, and says frankly that he rebuffed the mayor for having donated to the Senate Republicans. [Azi Paybarah]
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer surged past Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Twitter, after getting a shout-out from Lady Gaga. [Dana Rubinstein]
The scene at former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's book signing in Manhattan. [Andrew Rice]