Quinn would keep Ray Kelly but maybe fire him

Briefing: The Democratic mayoral candidates. (screen grab via ny1.com)
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In his first televised debate as a mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner, who is polling in second place, avoided criticizing his rivals.

That was left mainly to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who took several opportunities to remind the public that Mayor Michael Bloomberg got a third term, and millions of dollars in spending cuts, with the help of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Quinn, who responded to de Blasio by calling his remarks a distortion of her record, made some news of her own, when she added a new caveat to her oft-stated preference of keeping the current NYPD Commissioner, Ray Kelly, if she's elected. She said if Kelly didn't reduce the number of stop-and-frisks while she's mayor, she'd fire him.

Since back in January, when Quinn first started talking about keeping Kelly, the reason seemed obvious. Kelly was popular and voters liked how safe New York City had become, despite complaints about police tactics. But as Quinn's rivals have recognized, her support for him signaled to some key primary constituencies that she was less concerned than they were about those tactics.

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She addressed that problem, first, by stepping up her criticism of stop-and-frisk, and calling into question its importance in keeping crime low. Last night was an advance on that, as she added a proviso to her support of Kelly himself.

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"I haven't even thought it through yet." — Andrew Cuomo

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she'd fire NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly if, in her administration, he didn't reduce the number of stop-and-frisks. [Kirstan Conley, Carl Campanile and Sally Goldenberg]

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The 2013 circus, as seen from Washington. [Jason Horowitz]

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The Post's new City Hall bureau chief is Yoav Gonen, who comes over from the education beat, and joining him there is Beth DeFalco, who has been in Albany. [Joe Pompeo]

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"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT."

9 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson attends the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: "Continuation of the Battle for Jobs, Justice and Freedom," at the headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers, 2nd floor of 52 Broadway, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC @UFT

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, discusses their recent endorsement of Bill Thompson. [WNYC] @BiranLehrer @UFT #NYC2013

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: to be announced. [Talk1300] @FUD31

10 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese makes the first stop of his Save Our Neighborhoods tour at the Frederick Douglass Houses, where he will meet with residents and tour the public spaces that would be impacted by NYCHA's infill plan, 885 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013 #SaveOurNabe

11:30 a.m. Albanese makes the second stop of his Save Our Neighborhoods tour at Asphalt Green, where he will speak to Marine Transfer Station opponents and the press about his opposition to the marine transfer station, 555 East 90th Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013 #SaveOurNabe #DumpTheDump

Noon. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after he and others break ground on construction at New Stapleton Waterfront development, at the waterfront at Front Street (just north of Wave Street) Staten Island. @MikeBloomberg #NewStapleton

12:30 Thompson receives an endorsement at 237 West 14th Street, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013

1:30 p.m. Albanese makes the third stop of his Save Our Neighborhoods tour at Washington Square Village, where will tour the parks that would be destroyed by the NYU2031 Plan and make a major announcement, Sasaki Garden, Washington Square Village, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013 #SaveOurNabe 2:15 p.m. Thompson attends the Center Light 3rd Annual Senior Prom, 177 Dreiser Loop, Coop City, Bronx. @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013

3 p.m. Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald visits the America Works for New York, Inc., on the 16th floor of 228 East 45th Street, Manhattan. @McDonald4NYC #NYC2013

5 p.m. Albaense visits the Masbia Flatbush Food Pantry, 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013 #NYC2013

6 p.m. McDonald attends the Latino NRC of New York County and New York Republican Party's Hispanic Coalition, 480 Park Avenue, Manhattan. @McDonald4NYC @NewYorkGOP #NYC2013 #LatinoGOP

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": A panel discusses the future of public housing. Also, Local 237 president Greg Floyd. And NYCHA chairman John Rhea. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @NYCHA

7 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the 4th Annual NYC BigApps Award Ceremony, 555 West 18th Street at 12th Avenue, Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #BigApps

7:45 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn attends the Federation of Italian American Organizations meeting, at 1835 Bay Ridge Parkway (between 18th and 19th Avenues) Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn #FIAO

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The UFT's endorsement of Thompson will help his campaign. [Yoav Gonen, Sally Goldenberg and Matthew Abrahams]

"Bill Thompson will owe the teachers union big time if he wins the mayoral race" [Daily News]

Thompson will now do what the union wants come contract negotiations. [New York Post]

Anthony Weiner did an impression of Michael Bloomberg last night. [Tina Moore]

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will call for doubling the number of charter schools in the city. [Sally Goldenberg]

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