Mayor Michael Bloomberg has strongly denounced critics of his public safety agenda, and suggested that New York City could see a return to high crime rates if the New York Police Department is saddled with a new office of inspector general, and if their proactive policing strategies, like stop-and-frisk, are curtailed.(1)
New figures from the New York Police Department show that the number of stop-and-frisks conducted in the first three months of 2013 is down compared to the number conducted over the same period last year. The new numbers also show that overall crime is down.
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway told reporters he thinks the city's response to Hurricane Sandy was "pretty tremendous across the board." [Dana Rubinstein]
Senator Kirsten Gllibrand isn't running for president in 2016, but plans on supporting Hillary Clinton. [Reid Pillifant]
Gillibrand makes a motherly case for background checks. [Reid Pillifant]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a video attacking City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for her support of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. [Azi Paybarah]
The union representing police officers is circulating this ad, which says, "It's time to support your police officers, not attack them."
Here's the ad from Bill de Blasio's campaign hitting front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for saying she would keep the current police commissioner, who recently said African-Americans were "understopped" by officers, despite criticism to the contrary.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said New York doesn't need more police officers. [Dana Rubinstein]
Rep. Jose Serrano, and his son, State Senator Jose Serrano Jr., endorsed Bill Thompson for mayor, citing his positivity and record. [Dana Rubinstein]
A conservative magazine lumped Senatr Schumer in with Senator Marco Rubio, and not in a good way. [Redi Pillifant]
New York Democrats advertise the fact that Republicans here are having a fund-raiser with Ted Cruz. [Reid Pillifant]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, "I just don't believe stops at 700,000 are happening in a constitutionally sound way."
In an interview on ABC's Nightline last night, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly elaborated on a point Mayor Michael Bloomberg made in a speech this week, about the racial breakdown of stop-and-frisks conducted by city police officers.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked the New York Times news and editorial pages yesterday for how it covered public safety issues.
Yesterday, in a spirited denunciation of the liberal media's focus on the excesses of the New York Police Department, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed to the scant attention paid by the New York Times to the fatal shooting of a Bronx teenager named Alphonza Bryant.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today accused the New York Times and civil-liberties activists of a form of racial bias, for focusing criticism on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program instead of on shooting victims, who are predominantly black and Latino.(3)
Here's a new radio ad Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis released this morning, warning of other candidates who are soft on street crime and terrorism.
First debate: De Blasio says Quinn's hand was forced on police reform, and Quinn remembers differently
The six Democratic mayoral candidates stood behind tall wooden podiums in the theater at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. They were lined up by alphabetical order and asked a range of questions about public safety, street crime, counter-terrorism and managing the New York Police Department.
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.