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STOP-AND-FRISK ON TRIAL: A federal judge begins hearing key testimony today in a trial to determine whether the New York Police Department has been unlawfully targeting blacks and Hispanics with its tactic of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street. The New York Times writes that the outcome "will help define the terms under which the department patrols large swaths of the city long after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg leaves office." The U.S. District Judge in the case, Shira Scheindlin, has expressed misgivings about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics (Bloomberg, The Associated Press).
LIU DECLARES: Comptroller John Liu (@JohnCLiu2013) officially declared that he is running for mayor on the steps of City Hall in front of hundreds of people Sunday. Striking a populist tone, the Democrat took aim at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's as beholden to the wealthiest New Yorkers. Liu defiantly cast the legal cloud surrounding an investigation into his campaign's fundraising as a result of his willingness to stand up to powerful interests. "When you go after powerful people and rich corporations, they're going to come after you," he said in his speech (Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, many others).
Cuomo And State Lawmakers In Deep Budget Talks (Capital Tonight)
State Senate Underdog Drives Campaign Finance Reform (Associated Press)
School Aid Could Be Restored Under State Budget (Gotham Schools)
NY's First Muslim Democratic Club (Capital)
City Becoming Shelter System For Nation? (NY Times)
Weiner Campaign Spends Cash On Polling (Wall Street Journal)
City's Tab For Sheltering Homeless Decreases (Wall Street Journal)