8:22 am Mar. 19, 2013
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she's "in negotiations" over a bill that would create for the first time ever an inspector general's office for the NYPD.
This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, one of Quinn's leading rivals in the mayor's race, is holding a press conference to draw "a line in the sand" on the issue.
The backdrop here is an ongoing federal court case examining whether the NYDP's current stop-and-frisk strategy is constitutional. All the mayoral candidates have taken the same position on the policy, which is that it needs to be reformed but not abolished, with the exception of City Comptroller John Liu, who wants it ended.
But for Quinn, who has signaled she'd like to keep the current NYPD commissioner on in his post if she's elected, the question is what kind of inspector general bill can she get behind without triggering a public split with her ally Michael Bloomberg and her would-be police chief, Ray Kelly.
Labor pressuring Quinn
The Working Families Party will soon air a one-minute ad urging the public to contact City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a vote on legislation mandating paid sick days.
The narrator of the ad describes a mother who is sick but can't take time off from work for fear of losing a day's wages, and who can't pay her rent.
"Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker has the power to change this terrible reality ..." the ad says. "Tell Quinn to put this proposal to a vote immediately."
"I made up my mind a while ago." — Michael Bloomberg
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Tom Allon knew he wasn't getting anywhere. [Hunter Walker]
A News columnist argues that the proposed tax hikes in the state budget outweigh the tax cuts, and that they would make Cuomo a "run-of-the-mill Democrat." [Bill Hammond]
After serving 13 years in prison, a man serving time for murder was released because "the Queens district attorney's office had failed to to give the defense information that would have shown a crucial witness lied on the stand." [Sara Maslin Nir]
Bloomberg's newest health initiative would make New York City the first in the nation to require cigarettes no longer remain in public view where sold. [Anemona Hartcollis]
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis said neither he nor his grocery store did anything wrong, though the company is finalizing a $1.45 million settlement with female employees who said they were discriminated against. [Daniel Beekman]
Four Republican City Council members endorsed mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, but Jimmy Oddo of Staten Island said his endorsement is only for the primary. [David Seifman]
Jesse Angelo will try to restructure the money-losing New York Post's revenue operations. [Joe Pompeo]
John Liu says it's "plainly obvious" the U.S. attorney's office is feeding the Times stories about him. [Azi Paybarah]
Senator Kirsten Gilibrand creates a viral moment while lecturing military brass. [Azi Paybarah]
Alec Baldwin joins Cynthia Nixon in criticizing Christine Quinn. [Azi Paybarah]
1199 SEIU endorsed Mark Levine for the northern Manhattan Council seat being vacated by Robert Jackson. [Azi Paybarah]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany and New York City."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public events.
9:30 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks at the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn's 10th Annual Membership Breakfast, at the Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1030 86th Street, Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: discussing Ohio Governor Rob Portman new support for same-sex marriage, and the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. [WNYC] @RobPortman #SSM #NYPD #StopAndFrisk
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: guests to be announced. [Talk1300]
10:45 a.m. Quinn distributes Kosher food for Passoverto families in need with City Council members Michael Nelson, Jumaane Williams and Mathieu Eugene and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush, at Yeshiva of Flatbush, 1609 Avenue J, Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn @JumaaneWilliams
11:30 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio "draws line in the sand on key provisions of NYPD Inspector General Bill," at his office, 15th Floor, 1 Centre Street, Manhattan. @BilldeBlasio #IG4NYPD #IGnow
11:30 a.m. Quinn visits Marlboro Senior Center with Councilman Domenic Recchia, 2298 West 8th Street, Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn @DomenicRecchia
11:30 a.m. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicks off the 14th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Festival, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn. @MartyMarkowitz #BrooklynJazz
Noon. City Council members Jumaane Williams, Letitia James, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin join members of Vocal-NY, Communities for Police Change and others rally in support of the federal lawsuit challenging the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, outside the federal courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, Manhattan. @JumaaneWilliams @TishJames @BradLander @StephenLevin33 @VocalNewYork @ChangeTheNYPD #IGnow #StopAndFrisk
12:15 Quinn visits Our Lady of Grace Senior Center, with Councilman Domenic Recchia, 430 Avenue W, Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn @DomenicRecchia
7 p.m. The Daily News and IAF host a mayoral forum, at the First Presbyterian Church, 89-60 164th Street, Jamaica, Queens. @Quinn4NY @DeBlasioNYC @JohnLiu2013 @BillThompsonNYC @JCats2013 @AdolfoCarrion #DNforum #NYC2013
7 p.m. "Who should be the next mayor of New York?" is discussed at a panel moderated by St. Francis College scholar in residence Fred Siegel, and featuring Daily Beast editor Harry Siegel, CNN commentator John Avlon, Times columnist Michael Powell, Politico senior reporter Maggie Haberman and New York Civil Rights Coalition executive director Michael Meyers, at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. @HarrySiegel @JohnAvlon @PowellNYT @MaggiePolitico #NextMayor
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall:" Wise Guys segment with Alfonse D'Amato, Roberto Ramirez and Claire Shulman; also, Robin Nagle, author of Picking Up. @RoadToCityHall @AlDamatoNY @RramirezSr #NYC2013
Bloomberg won't say who he's voting for. [Jill Colvin]
The real estate industry is hedging its bets. [Greg Smith]
Mayoral candidates answer questions about Staten Island. [Tom Wrobleski]
Tom Allon: "I’ve already done enough over the past year to make the lives of my journalists uncomfortable." [Michael Grynbaum]
"[Allon's] withdrawal puts the Liberal Party…back in play." [Erin Durkin and Celeste Katz]
In CD-01 in Manhattan, Councilwoman Margaret Chin got donations from Fung Wah Bus employees. [Serena Solomon]
In CD-50 on Staten Island, there'll be a Democratic primary, now that Mendy Mircoznik entered the race. [Tom Wrobleski]
"Principals at more than one in 10 New York City public schools didn't flunk a single teacher for at least eight years, according to an analysis of city data by The Wall Street Journal." [Lisa Fleisher]
A dispatch from the first day of the stop-and-frisk trial. [Joseph Goldsetin]
Headline: "'Stop & frisk' is on trial" [Bruce Golding, Dan Mangan and Daniel Predergast]
Quinn said she's "in negotiations" over the bill to create an inspector general's office for the NYPD. [Sally Goldenberg]
270 people died in traffic accidents in 2012, the most since 2008. [Matt Flegenheimer]
The FDNY Commissioner's son resigned after apologizing for writing tweets offensive to blacks, Jews, the NYPD and the poor. [Ginger Adams Otis]
Good riddance. [Daily News]
"I wonder where the younger Cassano got such thinking from?" asked the president of the Vulcan Society. [Wendy Ruderman]
An editorial page supports Bloomberg's plan to have stores remove cigarettes from public view. [Daily News]
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is "very open" to the bill. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg likes being depicted as Nanny Bloomberg. [David Seifman]
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott defended the DOE's approval of a third grade curriculum that includes images of war. [Yoav Gonen, Amber Sutherland and Kaylee Osowski]
The City Council is set to approve a resolution in support of using speed cameras here. [Sally Goldenberg]
The Post reprints Andrew Cuomo's promise about not raising taxes, which, apparently, he's on the verge of breaking. [New York Post]
The state minimum wage may rise to $9 an hour by 2016, without indexing for future raises, which advocate Michael Kink said he's happy with. [Thomas Kaplan]
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. doesn't have a lawyer and declined to respond to a reporters' inquiry about his latest indictment. [Mosi Secret]
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