After promising last week to use the arrest of three public officials as an opportunity to enact legislative changes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a new "Public Trust Act" at a press conference in his Midtown office this afternoon.
This is Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's S.U.V. getting ticketed today outside 250 Broadway, where he and other D.A.s were testifying at a City Council budget hearing.(1)
At the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner tonight at the Waldorf Astoria, President Obama and Mitt Romney mostly joked about themselves and one another, but neither could resist a quick quip about Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"Let me get this straight," said Romney, who spoke first. "He's put in one term as governor, he's got a father who was governor and he thinks that's enough to run for president?"
The beverage industry is suing to block Bloomberg's ban on the sale of drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and movie theaters. [Michael Grynbaum]
The Hill took notice of the lawsuit. [Sam Baker]
"Industry announces suit to block NYC soda regulations at 4pm on a Fri. Not exactly when you put out news you're proud of." [@HowieWolf]
"This is a national problem," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing in front of a table 100 illegally guns, allegedly sold illegally, were displayed. "It is a rural problem as well as an urban problem. It is a north, south, east, west problem. There are just too many guns, and guns are used to kill people."
Governor Andrew Cuomo's support for decriminalizing the possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in public view mirrors a directive NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly issued last year.
Bill Fleisher is a connoisseur of cold cases. A former cop and F.B.I. agent, he co-founded the Vidocq Society, a club of experts—retired police detectives, pathologists, prosecutors, and other inquisitive types—who regularly gather for lunch in his hometown of Philadelphia to pick over unsolved murders. The society is named for a 19th Century French detective, the model for some of the first fictional sleuths, and Fleisher is full of grisly erudition when it comes to the history of violent crime. He is not easily baffled.(1)
Cy Vance, before the Kelly allegation, on the 'quantum of confidence' required to bring sexual assault cases
Last week, at a breakfast forum at the offices of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance was asked about the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and what his office might do differently in a future case with a similar profile.
Since then, Vance's office has been tasked with investigating a sexual-assault allegation against Greg Kelly, the son of police commissioner Ray Kelly, who handed over the case to the D.A. to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. (Coincidentally, Greg Kelly also had some questions for Vance about Strauss-Kahn recently, in his capacity as an anchor on Fox 5.)(1)
Yesterday afternoon, in a move that could have far-reaching consequences for the federal judiciary, Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, branding her as a judicial "activist" unsuited to sit on the country's second-highest court.
Halligan currently serves as the general counsel to the Manhattan district attorney's office, but her opponents have mostly focused on her six years as the state's solicitor general under Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, when it was Halligan's job to make the legal case for the positions advocated by the office, like holding handgun manufacturers accountable for shootings, and recognizing certain same-sex marriages.
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