Democrats support, oppose and muddle a police-oversight bill
A bill to create an inspector general's office for the New York Police Department has already driven a wedge between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his closest ally in the race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Yesterday, he dismissed the field of mayoral candidates altogether on the issue of public safety, saying, "We don’t even know if [reducing crime] is their goal.”
Quinn supports the I.G. bill, which Bloomberg believes would create an unnecessary regulatory layer for the police and would stop the department from operating effectively. Ray Kelly, who Quinn has indicated she'd like to keep on as police chief, strongly opposes the bill too, as does the detectives union, which ran an ad today criticizing the bill and its chief supporter.
In an odd twist, City Comptroller John Liu, the most resolutely anti-Bloomberg Democrat and the only candidate to favor a total end to stop-and-frisk, recently changed his position on the I.G. bill and now, like the mayor, opposes it. That won him a modicum of praise from the Daily News editorial page, which strongly opposes the bill on the grounds that it dilutes the mayor's authority over the department.
At the bottom of this Daily News story it also revealed that former comptroller Bill Thompson supports the bill, but wants an inspector general "who would report to the commissioner."
I pointed that out to one of the bill's main sponsors on the Council, Brad Lander of Brooklyn, who called it "ridiculous." Lander said that the "entire point" of the bill is "meaningful oversight" independent of the police commissioner.
"The $142B question!" — Brad Hoylman
"[T]he most significant action this year of the state Legislature" is debating and voting on the budget, which took place around midnight, when nobody was watching, said Citizens Union executive director Dick Dadey. [Erica Orden]
Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes will be featured in a CBS reality show in May, as he battles for re-election. [Joanne Wasserman, David Hinckley and Dareh Gregorian]
"[R]ipping up garbage bags," repeatedly glancing "at the bushes," "randomly looking in apartment windows" are descriptions of behaviors three cops said in pre-trial testimony had given them reason to conduct stop-and-frisks. [Joseph Goldstein]
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell urges Cuomo to support fracking. [Daily News]
A group up law enforcement unions have a full-page ad in the Daily News opposing the I.G. bill and asking, "What does Speaker Quinn really stand for?" [Rocco Parascandola and Jonathan Lemire]
Grace Meng introduces a Benghazi bill she says Hillary Clinton wanted. [Reid Pillifant]
Supreme Court justices wonder aloud why they "crossed that river." [Reid Pillifant]
Expert: Bloomberg's post-Sandy redevelopment plan ignores climate change, still. [Dana Rubinstein]
Is the problem Christine Quinn's indelicacy or the Times' (or neither)? [Azi Paybarah]
Video: De Blasio says he cares more about Quinn's obstructionism than her temper. [Azi Paybarah]
Would-be Council speakers on the prospect of being less powerful than Quinn. [Azi Paybarah]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
9:20 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast, in the Broad Street Ballroom of the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School, 41 Broad Street, in Manhattan. @ScottmStringer @LMCC
9:30 / 11 a.m. (press check-in / event start) Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Ken Thompson, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and "music heavy weights" announce a public-private sector gun buyback and mentoring program, at the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue, in Brooklyn. @KenThompson4DA @TheSource @ARbernard @RepJeffries #Guns4Greatness
10:30 a.m. The Independent Budget Office will release a 67-page report analyzing the mayor's Preliminary Budget for 2014. The report will be available here. @IBOnyc #NYCbudget
3:20 p.m. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will have Vice President Joe Biden speak about the effort to pass gun control in Washington, in a "listen-only" conference. Dial-in Info: 1-877-229-8493. Passcode: 111441. @VP @DemandAction #DemandAction
6 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson attends the Grand Council of Guardians, Inc. 7th Annual Women's History Awards Celebration, at the Harlem State Office Building Art Gallery, 165 West 125th Street, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013
7 p.m. Stringer speaks at the New York City Aids Memorial Capital Campaign Kickoff, at The McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. @ScottmStringer @AIDSMemPark
7 p.m. State Senator Terry Gipson has a fund-raiser at Elmo Restaurant, 156 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. [Facebook] @TerryGipsonNY 8 p.m. RWDSU, elected officials and car wash workers celebrate the one-year anniversary of the campaign to unionize car wash workers, on the 2nd floor of 235 West 23rd Street, in Manhattan. [Facebook] @RWDSU @MakeTheRoadNY @NYchange @WASHNework @ChriscQuinn @ScottmStringer @DRichards13 @Dromm25 @CM_MargaretChin @MathieEugene @mmViverito @GaleABrewer @StephenLevin33 @TishJames @CoreyinNYC @VoteCosta @RoryLancman #CarWashHeroes
8 p.m. Council women Inez Dickens and Karen Koslowitz are among the confirmed speakers at the Stonewall Democratic Club general membership meeting, at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan. [Facebook] @StonewallDemsNY @Dromm25 #CD25 @JulissaFerreras #CD21 @DanGarodnick #CD04 @CMKoslowitz #CD29 @StephenLevin33 #CD33 @Ydanis #CD10 @MarkLevineNYC #CD07 @MarkOtto2013 #CD07 @CherylPaham #CD07 #StoneWallTalk
Bloomberg: “What we don’t know is what they’ll actually do to reduce crime. We don’t even know if this is their goal.” [Joe Jackson]
RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum said Bill de Blasio was a hypocrite for opposing compromise on the "paid sick time" bill while supporting it, belatedly, for the "living wage" bill. [Chris Bragg]
An editorial page welcomes John Liu's newfound opposition to creating an I.G. for the NYPD. (It makes no mention of Sal Albanese, the only Democrat to oppose the bill earlier.) [Daily News]
Headline: "Campaign contributions: Forest City bundles for Thompson, de Blasio, Squadron, even gets Republican subcontractor in Virginia to pony up" [Norman Oder]
The new chairman of the Staten Island Republican county organization is John Antoniello. [Nocholas Rizzi]
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"There appears to be a split among advocates over what would constitute an acceptable deal" on the "paid sick time" bill. [Michael Barbaro]
Bloomberg's other anti-smoking initiative: establishing a "minimum price" of $10.50 for a pack of cigarettes. [Vivian Yee]
The NYPD's highest ranking officer, Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, is leaving the force after 44 years, now that he's hit the mandatory retirement age of 63. [Tamer el-Ghobashy]
More on Esposito's actions at the 2004 Republican National Convention, with Occupy Wall Street and protesters in Brooklyn. [Wendy Ruderman]
Bloomberg's dinner was delayed because of a health food inspection. [Page Six]
Another Apple store, another accusation of throwing out Muslim customers. This time, in Staten Island. [James Fanelli]
The New York State Assembly is preparing for its own marathon session of budget-bill passing. [Glenn Blain]
An editorial page supports Cuomo's effort to break the logjam between City Hall and the U.F.T. [amNewYork]
Ben Lawsky speaks about the Department of Financial Services. [John Kenny]
The Supreme Court will hear a case today challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [Adam Liptak]
The plaintiffs are constituents of Rep. Jerry Nadler, who will be in attendance for oral arguments. [Inbox]
"If this court doesn’t reject bigotry, history will reject this court." [Maureen Dowd]
Trends in the public's support for same-sex marriage. [Nate Silver]
A Fox News analyst says black-on-black violence with guns needs a solution that goes beyond gun control legislation. [Juan Williams]
Al D'Amato in an old photograph with Gambino crime family gangsters. [John Marzulli]