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.
The launch of New York City's first Muslim Democratic Club took place in a lounge on West 38th Street—a common area of a fancy residential builing, with marble floors, leather couches and a glass-enclosed fireplace.
Mark Levine, who is running in a crowded City Council race in Northern Manhattan, has hired The Advance Group to be his lead consultants.
Three out of the four Democratic candidates for Manhattan borough presidents met at a candidate forum at Pace University in Lower Manhattan this morning.
"I'm not part of the Northern Manhattan team?" "Can you see? Hello? Am I black enough for you, brother?" Jackson yelled.
Ramadan is one of about eight candidates running to replace Robert Jackson, who is term-limited and running for Manhattan Borough President.
"There is something to be said about Upper Manhattan recognizing that race cannot be the most determinate factor in who you endorse for elected office."(3)
The chairman of the board for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Zead Ramadan, has opened up a campaign committee to run for the New York City Council.
Here's City Council candidate Mark Levine, formally kicking off his campaign by emphasizing his desire for a racially diverse coalition.(1)
The informant "said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD."
Someone had the audacity to use the American Express card of Kim Catullo, Council Speaker Christine Quinn's wife, to buy one-way tickets to London and Abu Dhabi.
Another intrepid cyber thief used Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's credit card to underwrite three trips to Dunkin' Donuts, and one to Trader Joe's.
"I go to Dunkin' Donuts, but I've never used my credit card," said Vance, today, during a press conference at City Hall.
“We’re in a battle that is going to be a long-term battle,” said Vance.
The internet, said Quinn, is, “the new crime scene of the modern age.”
Announcing a settlement for immigrant workers, John Liu tells reporters his office is functioning correctly
Insisting that his office is “firing on all cylinders,” Comptroller John Liu this afternoon announced a $1.2 million settlement from a Queens-based company guilty of breaking prevailing wage laws and withholding pay from primarily undocumented immigrants.
Liu was joined by several council members and union leaders, who addressed cameras and reporters in the wood-paneled room at the comptroller's One Centre Street offices.
Here's some video of New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly's extraordinary exchange yesterday with critical members of the City Council in which he said that their questions were political, and that they lacked constructive ideas about the problems they were asking about.
"What I haven't heard," Kelly said later, "is any solution to the violence problem in these communities. People are upset about being stopped, yet what is the answer? What have you said about how we stop this violence?"
"What do leaders of the communities of color say?" Kelly wondered aloud. "What is there tactic and strategy to get guns off the street? Don't tell me a gun buyback program."
After dismissing gun buyback programs as inadequate, Kelly said, "I'm waiting for leadership in these communities" to "say something about how we stop the violence."(1)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer today called for an end to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactic, saying it was an ineffective tactic that unfairly targets black and Latino men to the point that their families are "more worried about the interaction with the police" than with local drug dealers.(2)