New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended his strategy of "proactive" engagement and "limited" pat-downs of suspects but carefully avoided using the word "frisk," during a speech at the National Action Network's 22nd annual conference, in Midtown this morning.
At the local swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday night, Sen. Chuck Schumer was so effusive in his praise of Jeffries, and so sincere in lamenting that he lived two blocks outside of Jeffries' Brooklyn district, that Schumer's own representative in Congress piped up from the crowd.
At a Martin Luther King Day event in Harlem at the headquarters of his National Action Network, Al Sharpton hailed Governor Andrew Cuomo's passage of stricter gun control laws in Albany as "a model for governors and states all over this country."(1)
Rev. Al Sharpton asked the Democratic mayoral candidates whether or not they would keep NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got heckeled for basically saying yes, but countered with an assurance that she would ensure some of his policies here changed dramatically.
Rev. Al Sharpton is hosting a mayoral debate on January 15 in Harlem, part of Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.
Al Sharpton may be concerned about the prospect of black and Latino Democrats getting shut out of power in the State Senate by a nearly all-white coalition that has acted with the tacit approval of the governor.(3)
Now Al Sharpton, too, is getting vocal about the lack of diversity in the leadership in the State Senate, joining a growing number of black and Latino officials in Albany.(1)
Here's what the New York State law says about expelling an official from a political party.
"A member of officer of a party committee may be removed by such committee for disloyalty to the party or corruption in office after notice is given and a hearing upon written charges has been had. The hearing shall be held by the committee, or a subcommittee thereof appointed for that purpose, which subcommittee shall report its findings to the full committee."
Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokesman for Sharpton, downplayed the racial dynamics when asked about Dicker's report, and said Sharpton would urge black and Latino senators to make "allowances" in order to keep conservative Democrats in the fold, and not to be "so inflexible that they can't agree" on whichever leader is chosen.(1)
It was just a little more than a month ago that David Petraeus denied rumors that he was leaving his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency to go run Princeton University, saying that he was "living the dream."
The last day to register as a member of a political party or switch parties in time for the 2013 elections in New York City is not anytime next year but in fact this week, well before the vast majority of people have begin thinking about the mayor's race.
Here’s Al Sharpton, who used to make his living as a police critic but is now positioning himself as a moderator between NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and some of his detractors, calling for Kelly to meet with opponents of the department's stop-and-frisk program.