Ray Kelly: By the department’s count, African-Americans are being ‘understopped’
In an interview on ABC's "Nightline" last night, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly elaborated on a point Mayor Michael Bloomberg made in a speech this week, about the racial breakdown of stop-and-frisks conducted by city police officers.
Bloomberg said NYPD critics are unfairly compare the number of black and Latino men stopped to the number of black and Latino men in the general population, whereas they should be comparing the numbers of stops to the descriptions of suspects.
Kelly, in his interview, said that if you use that methodology, "African-Americans are being understopped."
A year ago, Kelly went even further, telling reporters people in "communities of color" actually "want more" stop-and-frisks.
That kind of rhetoric will effectively require a response from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is the only Democratic mayoral candidate who wants Kelly to stay on as commissioner and also wants the department to make fewer stops.
Yesterday, after she took credit for a recent reduction in the number of stop-and-frisks, Quinn avoided answering a reporter's question yesterday about whether she would continue that reduction as mayor.
"Weapons are part of our history as a culture as humans…To tell stories, you need them." — Ryder Washburn
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn "refused to say whether stop-and-frisks would continue to decline if she were elected mayor." [Sally Goldenberg]
Why didn't an undercover agent just ask John Liu if he knew about the illegal contributions made to his campaign when they met face-to-face in May 2011? [Bruce Golding]
The New York State Republican Party chairman argues the 70 Democrats pushing public financing of elections don't need it, since "most, if not all of them, hold carefully gerrymandered seats" and "outnumber Republicans in these districts 3-,4-,5-, even 6-1." [Ed Cox]
The mother of the shooting victim Bloomberg highlighted in his speech said, "I support stop-and-frisks" but the program needs "to be better targeted at real criminals." [Jenaii Van Doten]
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: "African-Americans are being understopped…" [Shane Dixon Kavanaugh]
In a New York Times poll released this morning, 88 percent of Americans favor background checks on all gun sales, and 47 percent said they would not vote for a candidate who doesn't share their view on guns. [New York Times]
Senator Chuck Schumer is "committed" to a same-sex marriage amendment in the immigration reform deal. [Reid Pillifant]
A video briefing guest-starring Cynthia Nixon, Matt Damon and a Capital t-shirt. [Azi Paybarah]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new philanthropy site is a sign of things to come. [Azi Paybarah]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the argument against a sheik-owned soccer team has some validity. [Dana Rubinstein]
Quinn takes credit for a drop in stop-and-frisk. [Dana Rubinstein]
Councilman Dan Halloran explains why he is not seeking re-election. [Azi Paybarah]
State Senator James Sanders will host a forum on May 10 entitled "Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?" [Azi Paybarah]
New York magazine gets an award for its Hurricane Sandy cover. [Joe Pompeo]
The Times promoted Metro editor Carolyn Ryan to politics editor. [Tom McGeveran]
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10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: "Off Today" [Talk1300]
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Kicking off a series looking "marijuana legalization" with Mark Kleiman, who is advising Washington State on their legalization efforts. Also: Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota discusses stop-and-frisk and other topics from the campaign trail. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @MarkARkleimman #LegalizeIt @JoeLhota4Mayor #StopAndFrisk #NYC2013
11 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson receives two endorsements, on the Park Row side of City Hall. @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013
11 a.m. Assemblyman Francisco Moya, the presidents of Fordham University and Lehman College, along with undocumented students and others urge the State Senate to pass the New York State Dream Act, at the entrance of Lehman College, 250 Bedfor Park Blvd. West, Bronx. @NYDreamAct
12:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, in the Blue Room at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg #BudgetNYC
1:20 p.m. Quinn attends the Council hearing on tobacco legislation, on the 16th Floor of 250 Broadway. @ChriscQuinn #SmokeAt21
5:30 p.m. Mayoral candidates attend the Parents Voices New York Public Education Forum, at P.S. 29, 425 Henry Street, Brooklyn. @BillThompsonNYC @DeBlasioNYC @SalAlbanese2013 #EduElection
6 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer unveils recommendations of the East River Blueway Plan and hosts a presentation on waterfront improvements and storm resiliency strategies, in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, Manhattan. @ScottmStrnger #BluewayNYC
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Mayoral spokesman Marc La Vorgna and the city's budget director Mark Page. Also: Phil Lentz, author of "Murder at City Hall." [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @MarcLaVorgna #BudgetNYC @PhilLentz
7 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese speaks to supporters at the launch of Brooklyn for Sal, 7509 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013 #BKforSal
9:15 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio speaks at the Kew Gardens Civic Association 99th Annual meeting and mayoral forum, at the Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC #KewGardens
Critics say Quinn is overstating her role in reducing the number of stop-and-frisks by the NYPD. [Jennifer Fermino]
Defense lawyers said the case against Jenny Hou and Oliver Pan "was really about prosecutors' obsession with pursuing a case against John Liu." [Courtney Gross]
Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr. is returning to Puerto Rico to mark the 10th anniversary of the Vieques protests. [Celeste Katz]
The passive celebrity endorsement, courtesy of Salman Rushdie: "I guess Quinn will win, and I don't mind," and, "I'm OK with it." [Michael Howard Saul and Mike Vilensky]
Don't underestimate Assemblyman Vito Lopez's ability to win the Council race in Bushwick. [Reuven Blau]
Councilwoman Inez Dickens' challenger, Vince Morgan, said he'll forgo matching funds for his campaign. [Douglas Feiden]
One editorial page really likes what Rudy Giuliani said about "career politicians." [New York Post]
Another editorial page wants to see teacher evaluations, now. [amNewYork]
City Hall / City Council
Bloomberg will announce the city got $800 million from capital gains taxes this year, but it was "offset by other unexpected costs." [Sally Goldenberg and David Seifman]
"Andy's hedge on casino vote" [Beth DeFalco]
Cuomo has no timetable for acting on hydrofracking. [Beth DeFalco and Matthew Abrahams]
Outgoing J-COPE executive director said in an interview she's leaving for work in the private sector but has no specific job lined up. [Erica Orden]
Advocates argue against Cuomo's plan to end fusion voting, saying the state needs "healthy small parties." [Michael Waldman, Miles Rapoport and Susan Lerner]
"The Tonight Show," which qualified for a generous tax credit in the state budget, will create 400 jobs when it relocates to New York. [Ken Lovett]
Republicans argument against publicly financing campaigns, citing corruption in New York City. [Zack Fink]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver make the case for early, multi-day voting in New York. [Karen DeWitt]
A new agenda on Schneiderman's radar: "the protection of New York's pets." [Thomas Kaplan and Mary Pilon]
NYCHA would not be allowed to lease land to developers without dramatically increasing the public input they get, according to legislation proposed by Assembly housing chairman Keith Wright, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, and State Senator Brad Hoylman. [Greg Smith]
State Senator Bill Perkins on the Central Park 5: "Pay them now or pay more later." [Michael J. Feeney]
A poll finds support for background checks and immigration reform, but also confirms the partisan divide. [Ashley Parker]
Obama encouraged liberal groups to accept the immigration compromise at the White House this week. [David Nakamura]
The Obama administration will appeal a judge's decision that allows the morning-after pill Plan B to be sold over-the-counter to girls younger than 15. [Pam Belluck and Michael Shear]
News of the appeal angered some allies of the White House. [Kathryn Smith]
Ben Affleck is living on $1.50 a day to raise awareness about global poverty. [HuffPost]