Blogs from Administrator Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:32:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: De Blasio As Frontrunner

The media appears to be eyeing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the new frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary race after some polls showed him in the lead up to the primary. The New York Times takes a look at his management style during Hilary Clinton's 2000 Senate race and finds he "could be agonizingly inefficient in a high-pressure, ever-shifting situation."WNYC says that De Blasio has been the city's "official gadfly" for the past three yearsbut that now he is trying to demonstrate "he also knows how to run things." Kenneth Lovett of the Daily News scrutinizes De Blasio's plan to raise city income tax on those making more than $500,000. He says it would need the blessing of the state and that insiders tell him that raising taxes "would have virtually no chance of passing in Albany next year."

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]]> (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:44:33 +0000
Today's Lead: Primary Debate

The first official Democratic mayoral primary debate takes place tonight, with candidates Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Erick Salgado, Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner. If the first televised mayoral debate is any indication of the direction this one will go, Quinn will be the focus of attacks. With the Sept. 10 primary approaching, the other candidates will be trying to position themselves to at least win a spot in the likely runoff election. Gotham Gazette will be streaming the live NY1 video broadcast that begins at 7 p.m. Radio listeners can tune into WNYC.

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]]> (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:46:31 +0000
Today's Lead Story: Rebuilding After Sandy

A federal task force created by President Obama following Hurricane Sandy is expected to unveil its recommendations today for how to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged by the storm consistent with the need to prepare for future storms. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is joining Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at a news conference to unveil the recommendations this morning. During his weekly radio address yesterday, Bloomberg spoke about how the city is working to make the waterfront "stronger and more resilient" — from sand replenishment in the Rockaways to the creation of an institute to study urban ecosystems in an era of climate change. For more coverage throughout the day, go to AdaptNY: Your Voice In New York's Climate Change adaptation debate.

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]]> (Administrator) City Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:41:15 +0000
Today's Lead: Stop-And-Frisk Rejected

The New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, a judge ruled yesterday in a decision that included a call for a court-assigned independent monitor to oversee several reforms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has aggressively defended the practice as necessary to keep crime at historic lows, called the decision “very dangerous.”

"We believe we have done exactly what the courts allow and what the Constitution allows us to do,” he said.

He promised to appeal the decision — but the legal fight will likely outlast his stewardship of the city and will be left to his successor. Democratic candidates for mayor largely said they would abide by the court’s decision. Republican candidates called on the Bloomberg administration to fight it.

In her decision, federal judge Shira Scheindlin found that the city’s stop-and-frisk relied on “indirect racial profiling” by targeting minority communities and that officers stopped “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” She said the practice violated the Fourth Amendment, as well as the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said called that the most disturbing and offensive part of the court’s ruling.

"That's simply recklessly untrue," Kelly said. "We do not engage in racial profiling. It is prohibited by law. It is prohibited by our own regulations. We train our officers that they need reasonable suspicion to make a stop and I would assure that race is never a reason to conduct a stop."

Like he's done in the past, Bloomberg blamed the heightened focus on stop-and-frisk on "small group of advocates and one judge," and that he'd defer policing matters to police brass over its opponents.

"The public are not expert on policing," the mayor said. "Personally, I'd rather have Ray Kelly decide how to keep my family safe than somebody who's just in the streets saying, 'Oh, I don't like that.'"

The city will now have to meet with a court-assigned independent monitor, attorney Peter L. Zimroth, to discuss the issues set out by the opinion, said Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo. As soon as the monitor includes any order, Cardozo explained, the city would then seek a stay from the Second Circuit, which would then determine the next step in the case.

Scheindlin said in her ruling that her decision wasn't a call to end stop-and-frisk, but to ensure that it can be conducted in a constitutional manner. Instead, she suggested police use body-worn cameras for a trial period in one precinct in every borough and appointed a federal independent monitor.

(Bloomberg called the suggestion of cameras "a solution that's not a solution" and a nightmare scenario for NYPD.)

Scheindlin appointed trial attorney Peter L. Zimroth as monitor. A partner with Arnold & Porter LLP, Zimroth previously served as a chief assistant district attorney in Manhattan and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

With the appointment of the monitor and the implementation of a new, independent inspector general to oversee the NYPD and make recommendations, policing in the city could be reshaped under the next mayor.

Bloomberg repeated an argument yesterday that the additional oversight would lead to dangerous confusion among the police ranks.

"If somebody pulls a gun and you want to get home to your family, you don't have time to say, 'Well, wait a second: the commissioner said one thing, the monitor said another and the IG said another," he said. "By that time you're dead. And I'd like to see you go to the funeral and explain to the family why their son or husband or father is not coming home at night."

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]]> (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:25:43 +0000
Today's Lead: The Money Race

Mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner are winning the money race against their opponents in the crowded field for the Democratic nomination. With about a month to go before the Sept. 10 primary, new numbers filed with the city's Campaign Finance Board show the financial strength of candidates for citywide office. Quinn has $8.6 million; Weiner has $6.2 million. Weiner saw his fundraising lag following revelations that the married former congressman's habit of lewd online exchanges with women continued even after he had resigned from Congress for the same behavior.

In the comptroller's race, filings with the city show that ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer spent over $2.5 million -- including over $270,000 on petitioning to get on the ballot -- since announcing his bid for the seat in July. He put $3.7 million of his own funds into the race. His opponent in the Democratic primary, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, has $4.6 million on hand.

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New York Times Editorial Board: "It’s encouraging that the candidates at least agree that the city’s weak hospitals must have the focused attention of the next mayor." (New York Times)

Nicole Gelinas: The mayoral race could be worse (The New York Post)

Republican candidate Joe Lhota attacks Democrats in new ad. (The Wall Street Journal)

Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's wife is expected to take a more active role in the last weeks of the race. (The Daily News)

The one-man race for Brooklyn borough president. (NY1)

Democratic hopefuls try to curry favor with the Rev. Al Sharpton. (Daily News)

]]> (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:27:11 +0000