Bill vs. Bill
On the heels of major endorsements from the city’s three leading papers, Christine Quinn rallied forward with a different sort of nod this morning: from tennis champion Billie Jean King.
The endorsement–on Women’s Equality Day and the kick-off of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, Queens–was well-timed for Ms. Quinn, who is vying to become the first female mayor of New York City.
“I think she’s our champion,” declared Ms. King at a press conference on the wooden walkway leading to her namesake tennis center. “I look at Christine Quinn and see how she’s pragmatic and she gets things done.”
Bill Thompson, who has repeatedly called on mayoral rival Bill de Blasio to take down his “lying” television commercial, is officially taking his request to the airwaves.
In the first critical ad of the Democratic primary, Mr. Thompson again declares that Mr. de Blasio’s spot “lies” when it claims the public advocate is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
Veni Vidi Veto
As the City Council debated the merits of two bills designed to curtail the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seethed anger and declared that more New Yorkers would die every year if implemented.
But the morning after the chamber overrode his two vetoes against the legislation? An unusually sedated Mr. Bloomberg reiterated that there would be serious consequences but then rhetorically shrugged.
The City Council has voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two controversial bills aimed at reining in the NYPD’s controversial use of stop-and-frisk.
Despite aggressive attempts by Mr. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to peel away support, a bill to create an independent inspector general to oversee the department passed 39-10. A second bill, which would extend the definition of racial profiling and allow those who feel wronged to sue in state court passed 34-15.
Bill Thompson wants one of his rival’s newest ads off the air.
Mr. Thompson demanded Public Advocate Bill de Blasio take down a television commercial because it states that Mr. de Blasio is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
“I think that if you look at Bill saying he’s the only one to end stop-and-frisk, that’s just not true,” an enraged Mr. Thompson told reporters at a press conference outside police headquarters at One Police Plaza.
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.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have Big Thought Thursdays, but city Comptroller John Liu just had a big pot Wednesday.
Mr. Liu, whose campaign took a major hit when he was denied matching funds last week, unveiled a proposal to legalize marijuana in New York City today, comparing the status quo’s ban on the substance to the country’s infamous prohibition against alcohol a hundred years ago.
“It’s time to recognize that the prohibition of marijuana has failed,” Mr. Liu defiantly stated. “And its enforcement has damaged too many lives, especially the minority communities.”
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.
Critics of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice, including many of the candidates vying to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, applauded a judge’s ruling this morning declaring the city’s current use of the tactic unconstitutional.
In a round of strongly worded statements, the Democratic hopefuls repeatedly said the ruling reaffirmed what they already knew: police had overstepped their boundaries by stopping hundreds of thousands of young men, overwhelmingly young black and Latino, on insufficient grounds.