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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. 




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To meet the growing need to shelter the homeless, the Bloomberg Administration has been using its power of emergency authority to create shelters as quickly as possible, bypassing the typical community approval process. Unlike in other cities, New York is required by law to provide shelter to every person who seeks it. Ten new homeless shelters in recent months, in places that include the Upper West Side. Every night, 46,000 people seek shelter, the highest number ever recorded. New York City makes up 14 percent of the nation's homeless, with Los Angeles a distant second at 3 percent.

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Commissioner Kelly has called for a grand jury investigation into the fatal shooting of a driver by police last week on the grand Central Parkway. The officer is said to be 'anxious' to testify in order to clear his name. It is routine for prosecutors to bring fatal shootings by the police before a grand jury. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is ultimately in charge of empaneling a grand jury and is investigating the shooting already. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg says appointing an inspector general to oversee the NYPD would bring crime back to the streets of the city.

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Civil rights and educational organizations are alleging that New York City's single-test admittance policy for eight top specialized high schools discriminates against black and Hispanic students. The groups filed a lawsuit yesterday to have the policy found in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the entrance exam, saying "life isn't always fair." “We’re not here about equal results. We’re here about equal opportunity," he continued.

 

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NYC: World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned For Staten Island (Gotham Gazette)

McDonald to abandon re-election bid (Gotham Gazette)

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Now this is a wonder wheel.

The city has announced plans to build a 625-foot tall Ferris wheel on the the north shore of Staten Island, which will give riders a vast view of Manhattan's skyline.

The current record holder for tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Singapore Flyer, is 84 feet shorter.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the New York Wheel will be an attraction "unlike any other on the planet."

"It will offer unparalleled and breathtaking views, and is sure to become one of the premier attractions in New York City," he said in a statement today.

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Buildings Department inspectors this year gained access to suspected illegal conversions less than half the time - a rate similar to that of previous years. And the department’s response time to nonemergency complaints, including illegal apartments, actually got worse. Last year Mayor Bloomberg had committed to cracking down on illegal apartment conversions after two fatal fires. The administration counters that it has increased its focus on the highest risk locations.

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Board of Elections opts for ‘incomplete’ in Mayor’s Management Report

Botched response, lies found in Port Authority response to JFK terror scare

Speaker Silver's male staffer defended boss online as 'female' supporter

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Mayor Bloomberg announced this weekend that city agencies must cut a total of $2 billion dollars from their budgets this year and the next. That equals slashing a total of 3 percent of the total budget over the next 18 months. He has also warned of possible layoffs. Meanwhile, he gave raises to some of his staff, but contends those aides are taking on more work as a result of staffing cuts.

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Police reports suggest officers sometimes portray crimes less seriously

Civilian Complaint Board starts hiring for prosecuting unit

District leader race a show of strength for Brooklyn Democratic machine

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Shortly after voting almost unanimously to limit the size of sugary drinks to no more than 16 ounces, the Board of Health got a big developer to throw his weight behind the regulation months before it goes into affect.

Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, said the stadium would follow the rule when it opens in two weeks.

"It is time really for us to do this kind of initiative," he said during a news conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top health officials at City Hall this afternoon. "We need to change how we look at obesity."

He said Coca-Cola, the soda beverage partner for the stadium, had agreed to the size limit.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the decision by the Board of Health. The panel voted eight-to-zero, with one abstention, for the new regulation.

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Dozens of cancers will be added to a list of World Trade Center-related illnesses that are eligible for compensation under a federal law aimed at compensating first responders and others who were exposed to contamination from the collapse of the Twin Towers.

The momentous decision was announced earlier today in a statement by Dr. John Howard, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, which was created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Howard had proposed the new rule in June.

The full list of approximately 50 cancers to be included under the new rule can be found here.

The decision comes as the city and country mark the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

MetroFocus, the magazine of Channel 13, has put together a guide to various events meant to memorialize the day.

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City Students Start School Year

Over one million students started the school year yesterday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted his oversight of the district and Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured the boroughs to greet children and teachers.“I think it’s indisputable that our schools are heading in the right direction," Bloomberg said during a visit to Middle School 327 in the Bronx. GothamSchools live-blogged the day.

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City wants to accelerate marketing of logos (Daily News)

Popular Bronx 'flan man' stumps for Rivera challenger (Daily News)

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