How will the Boston explosions affect the security conversation in New York?
President Obama didn't use the word "terrorism" when he addressed the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday, and little was known, by the end of the day, about who was behind them.
But law enforcement agencies in New York , around the nation and around the world are assuming the worst, deploying anti-terrorism personnel to "sensitive" locations in preparation for further or copy-cat attacks.
The mayor and police commissioner, after the department issued a brief statement yesterday about the heightening of local security, are set to brief New Yorkers in more detail today on new measures.
Much of the contemporary political conversation about security in New York, which has grown accustomed to record-low crime rates (and which, by the way, didn't stage a marathon last year because of Hurricane Sandy), has been about balancing the need to keep the city safe from street crime and terrorism with respect for civil liberties.
This is reflected in the current, competitive Democratic mayoral primary, in which the candidates are being forced to reckon with a backlash (including a federal class-action lawsuit) against the police department's stop-and-frisk program, a controversial surveillance program targeting Muslim individuals and entities, and a proposal to create an inspector general's office to monitor the department's policies and behavior.
Look for the events in Boston to overwhelm that conversation, at least in the short term. The explosions won't end the debate, and shouldn't, but they serve as an awful reminder of what is at stake.
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City Comptroller John Liu's aide Sharon Lee backed out of an immunity deal and federal prosecutors expect her to falsely testify that the campaign did not coordinate with her on her plan to reimburse family members for campaign donations. [Sally Goldenberg and Bruce Golding]
Anthony Weiner's fist television interview. [NY1]
Member item money from the City Council is going to a registered lobbying group which advocates for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's housing agenda. [Laura Kusisto]
Senators John McCain and Chuck Schumer wrote an op-ed about immigration reform. [Wall Street Journal]
"Pat Toomey and an extreme test of Bloomberg's gun theory." [Reid Pillifant]
Liu makes inroads with Muslims, but it's not much of a contest. [Azi Paybarah]
The city's transportation commissioner said, inaccurately, that the city always planned to roll out the bike share program this May. [Dana Rubinstein]
So now Andrew Cuomo will tackle public corruption? [Josh Benson and Jimmy Vielkind]
A Pulitzer for "a scrappy environmental-news startup." [Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a photo-op with the governor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: "RETURNING TO THE AIRWAVES WEDNESDAY, AFTER SEVERAL DAYS EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE LIVING POSSIBILITIES (BUT NOT GIVING UP RADIO SHOW.) " [Talk1300]
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11 a.m. Bloomberg speaks at the FDNY plaque dedication ceremony Lt. Richard Napl, at Engine 237, at 43 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn. @MikeBloomberg @FDNY
Noon. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and members of the Assembly Democratic Conference discuss the 2013 Fair Elections Act, in Room 342, the Speaker's Conference Room, in the Capitol, in Albany. @NYSA_Majority #FairElex
12:30 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after he and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly update New Yorkers on safety measures in the city following the explosions in Boston. [NYC.gov] @MikeBloomberg @NYPDnews #BostonMarathon #NYCsafety
4 p.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer attends the Upper West Side Celebrates Israel street fair, on West 94th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue, Manhattan. @GaleABrewer
4 p.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at the "Gift of Life" Scholarship Awards Ceremony, at the Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan. @NYCschools #GiftOfLife
5 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese discusses his campaign on PIX11 Evening News. [PIX11.com]
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall: The Wise Guys segment, with Eliot Spitzer, Al D'Amato and guest Elizabeth Holtzman, the former congresswoman. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @EliotSpitzer @AlDamatoNY
A "20-year-old Saudi national" was taken into custody and questioned by the F.B.I. [Larry Celona]
"Federal authorities told The Post that they viewed the Boston bombing as “a more successful version of the Times Square” attack in 2010." [Josh Margolin, Kirstan Conley and Beth DeFalco]
The New York Post, alone, reported that 12 people died in the blasts, then appeared to back away from the claim. [Romenesko]
New York on "high alert." [Tim Herrera]
President Barack Obama's remarks to the nation last night. [Daily News]
"No matter the perpetrator or the motive, no matter whether the bomber was foreign or domestic, this was and ought to be treated as an act of terrorism." [Wall Street Journal]
The "marathon will be back next year, no matter how much security is required, and the crowds should yell twice as loudly." [New York Times]
"It is painful to see another city suffer so." [Daily News]
A staffer to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio resigned yesterday after his offensive remarks about Jews and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were made public. [Sally Goldenberg]
Joe Lhota strongly criticized the Bloomberg administration's education record, and said Anthony Weiner would be the most substantive Democrat in the race, a reporter says. [Carl Campanile]
Weiner was skeptical of calls to curb stop-and-frisk and opposed plans to create an inspector general's office for the NYPD. [Colin Campbell]
Weiner tried not talking about the scandal during the interview. [Celeste Katz]
A Bill Thompson adviser raises the expectations on Weiner's polling. [Michael Grynbaum]
John Liu said "people make a big deal" out of the fact he is the first Asian-American running for mayor. [John Kenny]
A lawyer for Liu's aide, Sharon Lee, did not explain why she deeded to testify without immunity that prosecutors offered her. [Benjamin Weiser]
Headline: "Potential jurors erupt in laughter when asked if they have negative opinion of elected officials" [Erin Durkin and Joseph Stepansky]
More on Kevin Kim saying he may seek a rematch against embattled Councilman Dan Halloran, in Bayside. [Lisa Colangelo]
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Costs for the Citi bike share program: $9.95 per day; $25 for a week; $95 annual membership. [Lisa Hagen]
Andrew Cuomo and Robert Duffy are set to get refunds from their tax filings. [Aaron Short]
Cuomo's tax filing is similar to last year's. [Thomas Kaplan]
Does any conference want Malcolm Smith? [Aaron Short]
Smith is now sitting in former senator Carl Kruger's old seat. [Erik Kriss]
Chuck Schumer and the Gang of Eight will file an immigration bill today, but a press conference was canceled due to the bombings in Boston. [Ashley Parker]
The gun bill is struggling to get through the Senate, which doesn't bode well for its chances in the House. [John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman]
Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey are still weighing changes to their compromise on background checks, and might exempt people who live hundreds of miles from a licensed gun dealer. [Jennifer Steinhauer]
"[W]hile we heard plenty of tantalizing rumors about [Marco] Rubio, none of them could be confirmed." [McKay Coppins]
Headline: "Here Are the 'Career-Ending' Marco Rubio Rumors Buzzfeed Wants to Write About Without Writing About' [John Cook]
Ralph Nader wrote an op-ed arguing for raising the minimum wage. [Wall Street Journal]