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A union representing police detectives opposes legislation that would create an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department.

But their opposition to the proposal hasn’t stopped the union from endorsing Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor — who has said he supports the idea.

Michael Palladino, chief of the Detectives' Endowment Association, was asked by a reporter yesterday at a rally for Thompson whether the candidate’s support of the inspector general legislation weighed into the union’s decision to endorse him. “Obviously it didn’t,” Palladino replied.

Palladino is also the chairman of the Uniformed Workers of New York, which held the campaign rally to show their support for Thompson.

Thompson reiterated his support of the proposal for an independent police inspector general, as well as a modified form of stop-and-frisk.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget director says that long-unsettled contracts with municipal unions don’t have to undermine the financial health of the city.

Mark Page, the director of the city’s Office of Management and Budget, told city lawmakers yesterday at a hearing on the 2014 fiscal year budget that any financial burden stemming from contract negotiations would largely be the fault of negotiators.

"You only owe it if you agree to sign a contract that says you owe it," Page said. "The increase is going to be whatever someone agrees to."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a $70 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, which includes the usual cuts to services such as child care and libraries.

While Page fielded several questions about those cuts at yesterday’s hearing before the Council’s finance committee, city lawmakers also asked him pointed questions about the possibility that the unresolved contracts could become a drag on the budget.

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NEW YORK — While former Congressman Anthony Weiner made his first mayoral debate with his fellow Democrats last night, the sometimes forgotten Republican candidates held a forum of their own in a Midtown Manhattan law firm.

In the flurry of likely voter polls and mayoral debates conducted over the last few months, the candidates for the Republican nomination have been lying low. However, all three came out for a forum hosted by the Republican National Lawyers Association at the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm offices.

Doe Fund founder George McDonald explained why one of the three Republican candidates needs to win in November by attacking the City Council for passing bills in recent months that have been criticized by the business community. He mentioned legislation that would prevent employers from discriminating against unemployed job applicants, block employers from running credit checks on applicants and allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.

"That's now," McDonald said. "Imagine when Mayor Bloomberg isn't there and it's one of these Democrats like Christine Quinn, who's leading the pack for these kinds of things. We're in a very dangerous situation going forward, because they literally override the mayor's vetoes on all of this stuff. So if they have a mayor that's encouraging all of this stuff … Oh, Lord."

The audience, a mix of 70 or so lawyers and rows of people dressed in suits and jackets, laughed at McDonald's cry for a higher power to intervene.

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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner's entry into the mayoral race ate into City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's lead among likely Democratic voters, a new poll shows.

A Marist College poll released today showed that despite a 4 percentage point drop from April, Quinn still has a command across the Democratic spectrum: liberals, conservatives and moderates. She also came out in front across most of the boroughs, save for Brooklyn. However, where Quinn falls short is in loyalty among voters, proving that the race is still hers to lose.

Of those who said that they support Quinn, almost three out of four Democratic respondents said that they somewhat support her or might vote differently come the September primary. That's good news to the whole slate of candidates, potentially even more so for Weiner.

Weiner actually enjoyed the highest bump after he announced his candidacy last week, up 4 percentage points to 19 from his 15 percent in April. Despite Quinn's drop in the poll to 24 percent from last month's 26 percent, he still trailed the speaker by five points.

Weiner did have a lead on Quinn in his home borough of Brooklyn, although Public Advocate Bill de Blasio isn't too far behind. Fresh off a spate of labor endorsements, De Blasio inched up 1 percentage point among Democrats citywide. He also barely edges out former Comptroller Bill Thompson — who remains steady at 11 percent.

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City lawmakers are holding a hearing today to discuss the state of ferry service in the five boroughs, with advocates and transportation experts expected to testify in support of expanding use of the waterways for transit.

The disruption to subways and buses by Superstorm Sandy brought renewed attention to the potential of the city's "blue highways." For instance, when the subway to the isolated Rockaway Peninsula was knocked out, emergency ferry service provided a critical connection for commuters needing to get to Manhattan.

Advocates say expanded ferry service would create redundancy to the transit network, connect far-flung communities that have no other reliable transit and be available during emergencies.

Gotham Gazette took an in-depth look at the issue back in April.

The joint hearing of the Council's transportation, waterfront and economic development committees begins at 1 p.m. today.

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