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Gov. Cuomo announced the "I Love NY LGBT" tourism website during pride weekend. Taxpayers will pay $500 an hour for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's legal defense in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case. Homicide rate in New York City continues declining, with fewer than one homicide a day likely in 2013. Bloomberg stood by comments that the city "disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
Bloomberg Administration Looks to Block Police Bills
The office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg is moving to stoptwo bills passed by the council yesterday that would make it easier to sue the New York Police Department over profiling and one that would create more oversight for the agency. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have characterized the bills as undermining of the NYPD. The Mayor’s office hopes to veto the profiling legislation that passed with only the minimum votes required to override a veto. The bill creating an NYPD inspector general passed by what seems an insurmountable number for the Bloomberg administration. The Bloomberg administration will put its influence to the test over the next few weeks as Bloomberg serves out the end of his term.
Some See Conspiracy in Number of Minority Lawmakers Caught up in Scandal (NY Times)
De Blasio Faces Major Setback With Hotel Trade Endorsement (Daily News)
Weiner Challenging Quinn For Gay Vote (Daily News)
Changes are in store for the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices after the City Council secured veto-proof support for two controversial reform bills overnight, during which they alsoapproved a $70 billion budget and saved paid sick day legislation from a mayoral veto. All 51 members of the Council convened for a three-hour voting session at 11:26 p.m. The night's debate focused on the two bills would institute an independent inspector general for the Police Department and expand the city's ban on racial profiling aimed at decreasing what advocates say is a disproportionate number of young black and Latino men being stopped and frisked."If you have never been black, Muslim or Asian in the city of New York," Williams asked of the bill's detractors, "please listen to us."
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New Poll of Democrats Suggests a Three-Way Tie (NY Times)
CIA Report Finds Concerns With Ties to NYPD (NY Times)
A new poll finds Anthony Weiner at the top of the pack in the Democratic field. A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll shows him moving ahead of Christine Quinn, garnering support from 25 percent of registered Democrats polled, compared with Quinn's 20 percent. In a runoff between just the two candidates, voters chose Quinn, however. It would seem many are ready to forgive his sexting escapades.
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Court Ruling On Voting Act May Affect City (NY Times)
City School Chiefs Get Informal Job Checks (Wall Street Journal)
Yesterday the Council voted 41-8 in favor of bringing two NYPD bills to a floor vote, bypassing a committee where they were being held up. This is the first time such a "discharge vote" has been used since 1989. One bill would create an independent monitor for the department and the other would allow individuals to sue over stops resulting from bias. The Council could vote on the bills as early as tomorrow. Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau spoke in opposition to the bills at a rally yesterday. Queens D.A. Richard Brown and Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan also attended. The monitor bill is expected to get enough votes to override a mayoral veto, while the other is less certain.
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Both Sides Reloading For State Gun Law Fight (Albany Times Union)
Campaign Donations Ban Kept Out Of Casino Law (Associated Press)