The major Democratic mayoral candidates will participate in their first televised debate this evening at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Yesterday, though, when the Democratic mayoral candidates gathered at a debate on the Upper West Side, the issue of terrorism never came up. The word terrorism was never mentioned. The broader concept of public safety was mentioned, in passing, and usually in reference to keeping fire houses open during budget cuts. Or protecting New Yorkers from street crime while reducing the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk.
As the nation watches the hunt for the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings, New York's mayoral candidates are working out how to account for the traumatic event and, in at least one case, citing it to reinforce their political strategy.
The day after the Boston Marathon ended with two deadly explosions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an implicit warning to those who would succeed him: the city's security is fragile.
President Obama didn't use the word "terrorism" when he addressed the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday, and little was known, by the end of the day, about who was behind them.
NYPD stepped up security following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. [Azi Paybarah]
Is this the part where Andrew Cuomo really tackles public corruption? [Josh Benson and Jimmy Vielkind]
Gillibrand and Schumer, working on gun control, in different ways. [Reid Pillifant]
Pat Toomey and an extreme test of Bloomberg's gun theory. [Reid Pillifant]
Hours after a Quinnipiac University poll was released showing a majority of New Yorkers supporting the creation of an inspector general for the New York Police Department, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson unveiled his public safety platform.
A new Quinnipiac poll out today shows a majority of voters support creating an office of inspector general for the New York Police Department, while at the same time giving the NYPD commissioner "the highest job approval rating of any citywide elected or appointed official." Ray Kelly's approval-disapproval numbers are 65-25, and nobody else comes close. (Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at 50-43.)
At a press conference in Midtown this afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer said John McCain's support for a "vigorous" debate on a new gun bill will allow the bill to move to the floor.
"I think that will be enough to give us our 60 votes, and have an up-or-down vote on background checks," said Schumer, was joined by police commissioner Ray Kelly and family members of gun violence victims.(3)
Why the arrest of Malcolm Smith is problematic for Andrew Cuomo. [Josh Benson]
The scene in White Plains, where Smith et al went before a judge. [Reid Pillifant]
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.
Gillibrand: "This feels exactly like don't ask don't tell." [Josh Benson]
Anti-Giuliani information being used against Lhota, in this memo from McDonald's campaign. [Azi Paybarah]
The Daily News hired away The Post transit reporter, Jennifer Fermino, to be their new City Hall bureau chief. [Joe Pompeo]
A reminder from Obama and Bloomberg about Newtown. [Reid Pillifant](1)
"As I've said, I support placing an inspector general inside the Police Department," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. "But given what I've learned about the Council bill, I've got some serious reservations about it."