For Bloomberg on stop-and-frisk, there’s no going back
Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't backing away from the comments he made in defense of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics, and he took a new, direct shot at one prominent African-American critic.
Speaking to reporters before the gay pride parade this weekend, Bloomberg said that Al Sharpton should be helping the less fortunate rather than "building his own political career."
"You know, there was a time when the Rev. Sharpton did that. He got away from that, became a television star and doesn't seem to focus on the kids," said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg is not seeking re-election, has virtually unlimited money and feels strongly about his opposition to the police oversight bills that recently passed the City Council. But with the final city budget passed, Bloomberg seems to be acting out an adult form of senioritis, no longer calibrating his actions, or showing much interest in the patient work of giving cover to potential allies or finding pet causes with which to entice lawmakers to his side.
In reaction to the bills passed by the Council, Bloomberg said Friday that "nobody racially profiles," and that in fact he thinks the city "disproportionately stop[s] whites too much and minorities too little."
If his comments this weekend or his unnecessarily provocative remarks about race last week are any indication, the mayor seems to have removed that filter altogether, giving up on feigned sensitivity in favor of an ill-tempered frankness that serves the reporters covering him a lot better than it serves his remaining legislative agenda.
If Bloomberg is to stop a racial-profiling bill he detests from becoming law, he'll need to find at least one Council member to switch sides on it; the bill passed with just 34 votes, the bare minimum needed on the 51-member Council to override a mayoral veto.
While Bloomberg was talking about Sharpton's declining use as a civic leader, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said the administration will be looking for someone amenable to their argument to join them in blocking the bill.
"[W]e’re going to recanvass as many members as we can and see what we come up with." — Howard Wolfson
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A federal judge criticized the NYPD and federal agents for concocting a story to conceal the identity of a confidential informant. [Benjamin Weiser]
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli criticized the Empire State Development Corporation's oversight of companies hired to promote the state's businesses overseas. [Thomas Kaplan]
A bill to ban the state from making confidential settlements, which Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promised to push, failed to pass. A spokesman for Silver blamed it on the governor, the State Senate and some members in the Assembly's Democratic conference. [Ken Lovett]
As comptroller, Bill Thompson did not act on red flags about the growing cost to the city of the CityTime project. [Greg Smith]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will have a Q&A after appearing with New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and M.T.A. Chairman and C.E.O. Thomas Prendergast to announce the start of new select bus route, at Webster Avenue at East Fordham Road, Bronx. @MikeBloomberg @NYC_DOT @MTA
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Albany Law School professor Vincent Conventre on the recent Supreme Court decisions "and the media's disappointing lack of knowledge." And Fiscal Policy Institute's executive director Frank Mauro on "New York's past experience with tax-free zones." [Talk1300] @FUD31
10:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson receives an endorsement at United Palace, 4140 Broadway (at 175th Street) in Washington Heights, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC #nyc2013
11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Assemblyman Joe Lentol announce funding for children and seniors, at Swinging 60s Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, 211 Alinslie Street (at Manhattan Avenue) Brooklyn. @ChriscQuinn @RepMaloney @AssemblymanJoe
2 p.m. Bloomberg presides over a bill-signing ceremony on legislation related to the city's building codes, "deactivating muni-meters when parking rules are not in effect or receipt paper is not available," waiving some inspection fees for work related to Hurricane Sandy, and renaming 52 streets and public spaces, at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
2 p.m. Rep. Grace Meng endorses public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani at the Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, in Flushing, Queens. @ReshmaSaujani @Grace4NY #pubadv2013
5 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese meets with students from the Resilience Advocacy Project, 154 Grand Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese #nyc2013
5:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio greets voters at the northwest corner of 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013
6:30 p.m. De Blasio greets voters at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, 37-06 77th Street, in Jackson Heights, Queens. @DeBlasioNYC #nyc2013
7:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and State Senator Joseph Addabbo are expected to speak at a meeting of the 38th Assembly District Regular Democratic Club, at Yerman's Irish Pub, 7026 88th Street, in Glendale, Queens. [Facebook] @AnthonyWeiner #nyc2013
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said the union will try defeating City Council members who voted for the recent police oversight bills. [New York Post]
Quinn forgave a famous supporter and fund-raiser for her campaign who said something dumb. [Yoav Gonen, Frank Roasario and Natalie O'Neill]
Voters don't really need to be reminded about Quinn's role in extending term limits. Voters remember and many don't like it. [Andrew Grossman]
Scott Levenson, a spokesman for the group attacking Quinn said, "There is a direct correlation between the launch of our campaign and her numbers going down." [Celeste Katz]
"In this Weiner-dominated race, privacy and shame seem like irrelevant, even imaginary concepts. Regret and remorse, showing weakness — Mr. Weiner has learned that these are politically useless." [Lawrence Downes]
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Bloomberg doubled down on his comments about the NYPD and stop-and-frisk. [Michael Howard Saul and Alison Fox]
"An embattled Mayor Bloomberg stood by his controversial comments." [Erin Durkin and Dareh Gregorian]
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The Supreme Court's ruling striking down DOMA energized this year's gay pride parade. [Josh Dawsey]
"The rulings lent an especially celebratory air to an event that has never been known for restraint." [David Dunlap]
Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel celebrates the Fourth of July by reading the constitution at Strawberry Fields. [Clyde Haberman]
Richard Brodsky: "Cuomo's fate will largely depend on the objective state of the economy in 2016." [Times Union]
Republican state senator John Bonacic: "I have no objection to allowing medical marijuana for cancer and other patients in pain, as long as it is exclusively dispensed under a physician's prescription through pharmacies." [James Nani]
Sen. Chuck Schumer predicts the House will eventually pass the Senate's version of an immigration reform bill. [Ginger Gibson]
John Kerry says he's making positive progress to revive Mideast peace talks. [Jodi Rudoren and Michael Gordon]