7:24 am Oct. 11, 20121
The City Council hearing was supposed to be about the four bills known as the Public Safety Act, which would alter how New York City police officers interact with and question suspects and create a new inspector general's office for the police department.
But much of the attention to the proceedings was diverted by a "war of words" between Councilwoman Helen Foster, a critic of the stop-and-frisk policy, and the chairman of the Council's public safety committee, Peter Valone Jr.
Their argument had little to do with the substance of the issue, stemming from a procedural disagreement over how much digression was allowed in members' remarks to the first witness representing the Bloomberg administration.
Which was probably just as well for representatives of the administration, which disputes the Council's authority to pass these laws, and had no intention of getting drawn into a debate over the merits of stop-and-frisk. The mayor's counselor, Michael Best, didn't concede that there was a problem that needed to be addressed.
"Ray Kelly has become NYC's very own J. Edgar Hoover, answerable to no one in particular. Mayor Mike gets rolled"--Michael Powell
Business groups say they'll fight Cuomo's rule requiring them to disclose their donors: "By casting such a wide net, they said, the disclosure rules would give a distorted view of their lobbying activities." [Jacob Gershman]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio defends his plan to pay for universal pre-K with a tax on people making more than $500,000 annually. [Daily News]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver favors taxing the rich. [Carl Campanile]
The new jobs New York City is expecting to gain are mostly low-paying and in the service industry. [David Seifman]
Romney is tied with Obama in Florida and Virginia and still trails in Ohio, according to one poll. [Wall Street Journal]
Obama has a "slim advantage" in Virginia and Wisconsin, with Colorado tied, in another poll. [New York Times]
Obama's re-election is not guaranteed, but his supporters' despair is premature. [Blake Zeff]
A transit advocate proposes a "25-50-25" plan to help fund the mass transit system. [Dana Rubinstein]
Quinn said problems with stop-and-frisk are "a danger" to good policing and safe streets. [Azi Paybarah]
9:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy tour the Kingston Home Port and Eduction Center, at 50 Rondout Landing, in Kingston.
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the NYPD memorial ceremony, at the NYPD Memorial Wall, by Liberty and South Streets, in Battery Park City.
12:30 p.m. City Council Speaker has a Q&A before the City Council's full meeting, in the Red Room at City Hall.
1 p.m. The City Council's full body meets, in the Council Chambers, at City Hall.
2:30 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement about Made in NY, on John St, between Jay St. and Pearl Place, in Manhattan.
4 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others help launch a night-time farmer's market, at the corner of 117th St. and Frederick Douglas Blvd., in Manhattan.
5:45 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, at Gracie Mansion.
7 p.m. Quinn speaks at the Empire State Pride Agenda's annual Fall Dinner, at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Ave., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at NY1's 20th Anniversary, at the New York Public Library, at 475 Fifth Ave., in Manhattan.
Republican Dan Halloran filed two and a half years worth of campaign finance data with state officials. [Josh Margolin]
Newsday goes after Steve Israel over his mortgage loan. [Newsday]
Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown had a feisty debate in Massachusetts. [Katharine Seelye]
Unions are taking a "Moneyball-like approach" to make the most of their spending this year, which may divert some money from helping Obama. [Dave Levinthal and Tarini Parti]
In the wake of last week's debate, Romney advisers have decided to emphasize bipartisanship. [Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker]
Al Gore's investments in green energy are "thriving." [Carol Leonnig]
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Bloomberg embraced Britain's Conservative Party. [Ravi Somaiya]
The hearing on four public safety bills was "nearly six hours, featured a series of outbursts, squabbles and sharp exchanges." [Wendy Ruderman]
"NYPD brass declined to testify." [Joe Kemp]
Headline: "City Dismisses Proposed Reforms to Stop-and-Frisk at Heated Hearing" [Jill Colvin
The hearing was a "war of words" between Public Safety Committee Chairman Peter Vallone Jr. and Council member Helen Foster. [Sally Goldenberg]
In a story about the Public Safety Committee's hearing, the Journal notes the city's request to review a judge's decision granting class-action status to a case involving stop-and-frisk victims, was denied. [Michael Howard Saul]
Headline: "WIll Tougher Penalties Curb the Uptick of Rape in the City?" [Kathleen Horan]
Police officers are shooting fewer people than before. [Joseph Goldstein]
Now, the city is putting up ads in train stations touting its diversity. [Jennifer Fermino]
Former Councilman Larry Seabrook was basically a no-show. [Erin Durkin and Tina Moore]
Other Council members had worse attendance records than Seabrook. [Sally Goldenberg]
The president of the American Federation of Teachers wrote a letter to the Post about the movie Won't Back Down, saying "We share the film's sense of urgency" but disagree with their "false stereotype of teachers and their union." [Randi Weingarten]
The Nassau County district attorney argues against using condoms found on prostitutes as evidence of a crime, saying, "The seismic public health impact of using condoms as evidence of prostitution dwarfs the limited courtroom gain." [Kathleen Rice]
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's scary report about Wall Street shedding jobs is not surprising. [Nicole Gelinas]
Daily News reporters talk to very unhappy tenants in the run-down building owned by Republican State Senate candidate Bob Cohen. His spokesman said he's "the hero of the story" for trying to improve the place. [Ken Lovett]
Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Nora Anderson improperly took a six-figure donation, but gets to stay on the bench. [Daily News]
"[Melinda Katz] said [Rep. Joe] Crowley’s appearance at her event should not be interpreted as an early endorsement from the Queens Democratic Party." [Lisa Colangelo]