The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an annual white tie fundraising gala to benefit Catholic Charities USA, and it’s attendance sheet each year is filled with enough important names to make you wonder if the Jews are maybe losing their foothold in this city. Between Mayor Bloomberg, Cardinal Dolan, Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and Police Comissioner Ray Kelly, the event last night at the Waldorf-Astoria was not only a political powerhouse, but one that managed to raise over $3 million.
And lest you think this was a lot of podium guilt-talk, The Dinner had a 16 minute keynote address from Stephen Colbert, which you can listen to below
Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is not happy with the field of mayoral candidates–even though many have offered him a job in their hypothetical administrations.
In a national security speech before the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kelly tore into the entire slate of pols who are vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, accusing them of lacking a coherent public safety vision for the city.
Mayor Bloomberg had previously announced his intention to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s implementation of its controversial stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. Now, Mr. Bloomberg has made it official.
At an unrelated press conference, Mr. Bloomberg described the steps he is preparing to make in the appeals process.
“We have to first file a notice saying that we’re going to do that,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “That will be done certainly by tomorrow, maybe late today or tomorrow. And then there’s some other procedural steps over the next week or so. But the notice that we are appealing is a legal document and that will be filed today or tomorrow.”
A press release from the New York City Law Department clarified what the initial paperwork would look like.
A federal judge has decided that the Police Department’s crime-busting stop-and-frisk policies are unconstitutional. It’s hard to top Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reaction. Justifiably furious, Mr. Bloomberg noted the judge clearly knows nothing about police work.
So true, but why let ignorance stand in the way of ideology?
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At a press conference littered with grisly imagery, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ripped apart a federal court ruling today that found current stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.
“This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge that does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a jam-packed press conference at City Hall with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at his side.
“I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids and I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back at any time,” he warned.
“Subway Vigilante” Bernhard Goetz is now the latest name to jump on the “Ray Kelly for Mayor” bandwagon.
“I trust Ray Kelly. I wish he would run for mayor,” Mr. Goetz told Steve Malzberg during a radio appearance broadcast on Newsmax TV.
We agree with Mayor Bloomberg: It is not a good day for New York. Only several hours after thousands of people gathered in the West Village to protest the murder of Mark Carson in what police are calling a hate crime, four individuals were beaten badly after being taunted with homosexual slurs.
The Eight-Day Week
- The intimidatingly assiduous Peggy Siegal greets people at the door; thanks us for coming to celebrate party with The New York Observer. “We are The New York Observer!” We cry. She doesn’t even pause. “Well, it’s great to see you anyway.”
-Terry McDonell: I’ve always loved the Observer, I have great respect for Peter Kaplan. The coverage of everything I was interested in New York in the past 25 years was reflected in The Observer at the highest level.
- Ray Kelly recalls the last time he was at the Four Seasons. “[We] feel like you never leave,” we tell the Police Commissioner. His reply: “A lot of people feel that way.”
Happy Birthday to us! The New York Observer is a quarter of a century old, and publisher Jared Kushner and CEO Joseph Meyer have assembled a bonzo boldfaced lineup of NYC’s most fabulous hosts to fête the glorious occasion. Think NYO founder Arthur Carter, Marchesa designer/knockout Georgina Chapman, art kingpin Larry Gagosian, Carolina Herrera, Katie Holmes (Suri will be in bed—sorry, tabloids), Commissioner Ray Kelly, style icon Lauren Santo Domingo, Matt Lauer