The stress-testing of Bill de Blasio’s stop-and-frisk campaign
At a mayoral debate last night, Bill Thompson accused Bill de Blasio of "lying" about the candidates' positions on stop-and-frisk by claiming in a television ad that only de Blasio has fought to end the practice.
In fact, each of the three leading Democratic candidates has taken the position that stop-and-frisk has to be continued but modified.
De Blasio, who has made stop-and-frisk his signature issue in this campaign, and who was under attack for much of last night, responded to Thompson's charge by explaining that he is the only candidate whose position on stop-and-frisk passes a three-pronged test of his own design, which Thompson and de Blasio's other chief rival, Christine Quinn, fail.
De Blasio said he believed that for a candidate to be truly serious about ending stop-and-frisk as currently applied by Ray Kelly's police department, the candidate must advocate for a change in commissioner (Thompson does, Quinn doesn't), an inspector general for the department (Quinn does, Thompson doesn't), and a measure that allows victims of alleged profiling to sue the department in state court (Quinn and Thompson don't).
Quinn dealt effectively with de Blasio when he tried to press her on this last point, explaining that she thought the anti-profiling measure would be redundant, and turning the focus instead on the inspector-general measure, which the mayor vetoed and the Council, under her leadership, is about to override.
Quinn has had more trouble recently explaining the logic of her simultaneous support for Kelly as police commissioner and opposition to Kelly's stop-and-frisk program. But despite alluding to the seeming inconsistency of those stances, de Blasio opted during the debate to focus on the legislation, and failed to pressure her on the leadership point.
Related: One of the main sponsors of the Community Safety Act, Councilman Brad Lander, took a shot at the mayor this morning. After I tweeted a Post story about the media company Bloomberg founded recently hiring an independent editor, or ombudsman, to deal with a "spying scandal," Lander wrote that the new position could be described as an "inspector general."
"Stop lying to the people of New York City." — Bill Thompson
"Mr. Spitzer has railed against offshore tax shelters, portraying them as dubious practices of the financial elite." But the "Spitzer family trust invested in at least four funds that are incorporated offshore." [Michael Barbaro]
A union says its outside spending on campaign ads for John Liu is perfectly legal because the ads were taken from Liu’s website without his campaign’s knowledge. [Celeste Katz]
Bloomberg L.P. "plans to appoint a new independent editor, or ombudsman, who will report directly to CEO Dan Doctoroff and form an additional layer of editorial oversight." [Mark DeCambre]
"Much of the other criticism Quinn faces from her opponents is based, in one way or another, on a factor for which she ought not be penalized — her role as the second most powerful elected official in the city, which involved responsibilities and risks far greater than those faced by any other candidate in the mix." [Gay City News]
The Daily News endorsed Christine Quinn, in part, because of her record of accomplishment, because Bill Thompson took the U.F.T.'s endorsement and because Bill de Blasio's economic agenda is small-bore. [Daily News]
Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson "tag-teamed" Bill de Blasio. [Reid Pillifant]
Christine Quinn didn't think Chirlane McCray's statement was corrected all that much. [Reid Pillifant]
How de Blasio's campaign explained McCray's remark, and how Christine Quinn is campaigning on it. [Azi Paybarah]
Elected officials criticized Eliot Spitzer for appearing at an event near Thomas Lopez-Pierre. [Azi Paybarah]
Melinda Katz sent a mailer calling Peter Vallone Jr. "Conservative Man." [Azi Paybarah]
De Blasio defended his stop-and-frisk ad during a phone-banking event with actor Steve Buscemi. [Reid Pillifant]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has "No public events scheduled".
Christine Quinn's campaign events are "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"
9 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese helps distribute Rosh Hashanah food at Bensonhurst COJO, 8632 21st Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013
10:15 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio discusses the City Council's votes to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes of the Community Safety Act, on the steps of City Hall. @BilldeBlasio #CSA #StopAndFrisk #ChangeTheNYPD
10:30 a.m. Elsie McCabe, wife of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, joins Rep. Charlie Rangel and Alicia Keys to attend a town hall meeting on AIDS, at Harlem Hospital, 506 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan. @cbRangel @AliciaKeys #AIDSTownHall
11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and others attends President Obama's remarks in Buffalo at Alumni Arena, BU North Campus at the University at Buffalo. @nygovCuomo @BarackObama #UpstateAmerica
11 a.m. Albanese hosts representatives from the Campaign for Children to discuss early childhood education, at Albanese campaign headquarters, 85 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013 #EarlyStart
11 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu takes a small business tour in Kingsbridge, along West 231st Street, from Broadway to Corlear Ave., in the Bronx. @JohnLiu2013
11 a.m. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, State Senator. Liz Krueger and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin call on the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke permits for the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, Asphalt Green, 555 E. 90th St., Manhattan. [h/t CIty & State] @RepMaloney @LizKrueger @JessLappin #DumpTheDump
11:30 a.m. Liu takes a small business tour in Riverdale along Riverdale Avenue, from West 236th Street to West 238th Street, in the Bronx. @JohnLiu2013
11:45 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner greets seniors at the United Jewish Council Adult Lunch Club, in the Orenstein Building, 15-17 Willett Street (between Grand St. and Delancey St.) in Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner
Noon. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gets endorsed by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and discusses a plan to improve education across the city, at Amnon's Kosher Pizza, 4814 13th Avenue, Brooklyn. @BillThompsonNYC @HikindDov #NYC2013
Noon. De Blasio and former councilwoman Una Clarke visits St. Gabriel Senior Citizen Center, at 331 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC
12:30 p.m. Weiner discusses tax reform at the Red Apple Child Development, 25 Market Street (between Henry St. and Madison St.) in Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner #KeysToTheCity #TaxReform
1 p.m. Thompson gets endorsed by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and discusses plans to fix schools, at 20 Fort Greene, Brooklyn. @BillThompsonNYC @TeamJeffries #NYC2013
1:30 p.m. New York City Council meets to vote on whether or not to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes of the Community Safety Act, in the City Council Chambers, in City Hall. [Watch Live: Legistar] #CSA #StopandFrisk #ChangeTheNYD
2:15 p.m. De Blasio visits Friends of Crown Heights Pre-Kindergarten at 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC
3 p.m. De Blasio greets voters at Nostrand Avenue subway stop (2, 5) on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. @DeBlasioNYC
5 p.m. Mayoral candidates participate in the Russian Community Mayoral Forum, at The National Restaurant, 273 Brighton Beach Avenue (between 2nd St. and Brighton 3rd St.) in Brooklyn. [DavidzonRadio.com] @SalAlbanese2013 @JohnLiu2013 @AnthonyWeiner #RussianForum
6 p.m. De Blasio participate in the Russian Community Mayoral Forum, at The National Restaurant, 273 Brighton Beach Avenue (between 2nd St. and Brighton 3rd St.) in Brooklyn. [DavidzonRadio.com] @DeBlasioNYC #RussianForum
6:30 p.m. Elise McCabe and Rep. Greg Brooks attends Councilman Donovan Richards Family Day event, at O'Donohue Park, "approximate address" Beach 17 St., Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway. @GregoryMeeks
6 p.m. Queens Democrats host a summertime BBQ, at the Royalton at Lawrence Yacht and Country Club ,101 Causeway Road, Queens.
7 p.m. Albanese addresses supporters in Rockaway at a fund-raiser hosted by former FDNY Chief of Department Peter Hayden, Bungalow Bar, 377 Beach 92nd Street, Queens. @SalAlbanese2013
7 p.m. Liu greets voters at Tracey Towers, 40 West Mosholu Parkway South, in the Bronx. @JohnLiu2013
8 p.m. Liu and others attend the Manhattan Young Democrats annual "Young Gets It Done" party at 199 Bowery, in Lower Manhattan. @GoMYD @JohnLiu2013 #YGID2013
8:45 p.m. De Blasio speaks at the Manhattan Young Democrats annual "Young Gets It Done" party at 199 Bowery, in Lower Manhattan. @GoMYD @DeBlasioNYC #YGID2013
A dinner with Alec Baldwin has led to a fight between Bill de Blasio and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. [David Chen]
One editorial page criticized Quinn for focusing too much on issues like morning-after pills for public-school students. [New York Post]
"New York City’s growing Orthodox Jewish population, the largest outside Israel, may play a decisive role in choosing the next mayor, with some votes turning on regulation of a 1,500-year-old circumcision ritual." [Henry Goldman]
Bill de Blasio was the focus of the debate. [Colby Hamilton]
Cleverly, Quinn asked Bill Thompson if he was satisfied with de Blasio's answer in defense of his stop-and-frisk ad. [Michael Howard Saul]
Quinn was "less sedate" and "her answers seemed less rehearsed and canned" than in the first debate, said political science professor Jeanne Zaino of Iona College. [Mara Gay and Annie Karni]
De Blasio thanked Quinn after she defended him from Anthony Weiner's accusation of being part of the slush fund scandal. [Michael Barbaro and Michael Grynbaum]
No candidate in the debate praised Bloomberg for keeping New York City safe, or said how'd they prevent the city from going broke. [Nicole Gelinas]
In his ad, Weiner plants himself, vaguely, in the middle of the road on the stop-and-frisk debate. [Javier Hernandez]
More on the comment from Chirlane McCray, and the ensuing controversy. [Kate Taylor]
"De Blasio’s wife questions how childless Quinn can relate to child-care issues" [Yoav Gonen and Sally Goldenberg]
Eliot Spitzer's campaign event was overshadowed by the presence of a "race-baiting former City Council candidate." [Mara Gay]
"Eliot Spitzer has gone from cavorting with hookers to hobnobbing with race-baiting political activists." [Matthew Abrahams and Carl Campanile]
In an op-ed, Scott Stringer noted the cost in NYPD settlements has risen 45 percent in just four years. [Daily News]
Stringer is stepping up his effort to reach black voters. [Kate Taylor]
Public Advocate's Race
Letita James' spokesman: "She hasn't given me her real age. I've asked." [Derek Kravitz]
CIty Hall / City Council
The NYPD will be sued for $25 million by the family of a bodega worker who was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a robbery at the store. [Oren Yaniv]
"Fast-food workers carry King’s dream" [Saru Jayarman]
Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner is looking to sell 50%-80% of the project. [Charles Bagli]
One editorial page cheers Ben Lawsky for auditing the New York State Comptroller's office. [Daily News]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in "a billion-dollar manure fight." [Freeman Klopott]
In Buffalo, President Obama will announce a new proposal to rate colleges based on students' tuition and debt, among other factors, and use that formula to determine some federal funding. [Tamar Lewin]
Will Obama visit Rochester? [Jon Campbell]
"Just days before Julie Zimmer found out President Barack Obama was coming to her Syracuse neighborhood, her husband lost his job." [Teri Weaver]
The N.S.A. misled the FISA court on surveillance practices. [Ellen Nakashima]
Cory Booker edits Jon Corzine out of a photo, briefly. [Maggie Haberman]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks about preserving manufacturing in the Garment District, in an interview pegged to Fashion Week. [Leigh King]