Today's Lead Stories...
Council Hearing on Policing
The City Council held a 6-hour hearing on police tactics yesterday that focused on stop-and-frisk. Four bills were mainly at issue. One bill would require officers to identify themselves and provide their name and rank during stops. Another bill would require officers to inform suspects of their right to refuse a search. Another bill would establish an Office of the Inspector General to oversee the police department. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Chief Ray Kelly were not present at the hearing and they oppose the measures. Bloomberg's council Michael Best argued that the council does not have the legal authority to legislate police tactics. Council Speaker Christine Quinn declined to say whether she supports the package of legislation.
In the Press...
Shootings by Police Down Last Year (NY Times)
Silver Supports Higher Taxes For Wealthy (Capitol Confidential)
Bloomberg Compares Himself to Churchill (NY Times)
Voter Registration Frenzy as Deadline Looms (Daily News)
Prosecutors Deny Making up Case Against Liu (NY Times)
Seabrook Had Worst Council Attendance (Daily News)
Wall Street Wants to Overturn State Lobby Law (Wall Street Journal)