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Councilman Brad Lander is proposing legislation aimed at cracking down on spending by outside groups in city races. Such "independent expenditures" exploded following the Citizens United court decision, which allows near-unlimited spending, as long as the groups don’t directly co-ordinate with campaigns. Lander's plan would close a loophole that allows corporations to spend lavishly on candidates through LLCs and require mailings and similar communications to include a notice outlining who paid for them.
Of particular concern to Lander is the real estate industry-backed "Jobs 4 NY" committee. It's already spent $1.35 million - including $167,000 in support of Brooklyn Councilwoman Sara González and $110,000 to back Paul Vallone in Queens - and aims to spend $10 million citywide. The PAC supports several council incumbents who are up for re-election, which might make it difficult to pass during an election year. But even some candidates who've received its support, like Brooklyn's Laurie Combo, say it's unwelcome and support Lander's proposal.
City At Risk From Rising Seas, Stronger Hurricanes (Daily News)
Corruption Panel Co-Chair Received Campaign Contributions From Silver (Daily News)
De Blasio Once Supported Expanding Term Limits Too (Wall Street Journal)
The media appears to be eyeing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the new frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary race after some polls showed him in the lead up to the primary. The New York Times takes a look at his management style during Hilary Clinton's 2000 Senate race and finds he "could be agonizingly inefficient in a high-pressure, ever-shifting situation."WNYC says that De Blasio has been the city's "official gadfly" for the past three yearsbut that now he is trying to demonstrate "he also knows how to run things." Kenneth Lovett of the Daily News scrutinizes De Blasio's plan to raise city income tax on those making more than $500,000. He says it would need the blessing of the state and that insiders tell him that raising taxes "would have virtually no chance of passing in Albany next year."
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The City Council yesterday voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two stop-and-frisk reform bills known as the Community Safety Act. The inspector general bill override passed with a vote of 39-10, while the profiling bill override passed 34-15. Speaker Quinn supported the inspector general measure but opposed the profiling bill. She said she doesn't expect any conflict between the inspector general and a federal court-appointed monitor mandated earlier this month. Bloomberg vowed legal action against the profiling bill.
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Ratner Looks To Sell Majority Stake In Atlantic Yards (Daily News)
The City Council is scheduled to vote today on overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes of two bills designed to restrict the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. A bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department is expected to be enacted today but the second measure that would increase the ability to sue the NYPD for racial profiling is less likely to become law. The second bill initially passed with 34 vote--the minimum number needed to override a veto. If one council member is convinced not to vote to override the veto will stand. Members have been targeted by Bloomberg and police unions on the issue. Council President Christine Quinn said at a mayoral debate last night that she expects both overrides to succeed.
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De Blasio Target at Mayoral Debate (NY Times)
Union Works Around Campaign Laws For Liu Ads (Daily News)
The first official Democratic mayoral primary debate takes place tonight, with candidates Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Erick Salgado, Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner. If the first televised mayoral debate is any indication of the direction this one will go, Quinn will be the focus of attacks. With the Sept. 10 primary approaching, the other candidates will be trying to position themselves to at least win a spot in the likely runoff election. Gotham Gazette will be streaming the live NY1 video broadcast that begins at 7 p.m. Radio listeners can tune into WNYC.
Nonprofits Seek Exemptions From Donor Disclosure Law (NY Times)
Ex-Assemblyman's Accusers Say Speaker Was 'Aider And Abettor' In Sex Harassment Case (NY Post)
Bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center Leads City In Care Citations (NY World)