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Today's Headlines: Quinn to Allow Vote on Profiling Bill

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she does not support a bill that would open up the courts to claims of racial profiling by the New York Police Department but she will allow the bills sponsors to submit it for a vote. Quinn made the comments earlier yesterday before the first televised debatebetween mayoral candidates and likely did it to head off criticism from her opponents. This would be the first time Quinn allowed a vote on a bill she does not support during her tenure as Council Speaker. Quinn has a long history of blocking votes on legislation she does not approve of. “I understand that this is a very important issue for a lot of people so I don’t want to stand in the way of there being a vote. And whatever happens, happens,” Quinn told reporters, saying she would not strong-arm members to vote against the measure behind the scenes. In her comments yesterday Quinn also proposed increasing the police force by 1,600 officers over the next three years. 

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