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NY1 Exclusive: Bloomberg Criticizes Philly Stop And Frisk Program, Philadelphia Responds In Exclusive Interview

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked the New York Times Thursday after an editorial in the paper suggested that New York City's stop and frisk policy should adopt similar reforms to the ones adopted in Philadelphia. NY1's Grace Rauh filed this report.

It is sometimes called the sixth borough. But when it comes to fighting crime, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make sure there is no confusion. New York City is doing things differently than Philadelphia.

"Philadelphia is a great city but it has highest murder rate of any of the 10 largest cities in country," the mayor said. "And the number of murders is going up."

The mayor focused on Philadelphia Thursday after The New York Times published an editorial criticizing the New York City Police Department's stop and frisk program.

"I read today's New York Times editorial," he said. "I just have to wonder what kind of world they are living in."

The paper said New York should follow Philadelphia's lead and adopt reforms like those made there after the city settled a class-action lawsuit over the policing tool.

The mayor says crime rose in Philadelphia after the changes took effect.

In 2011, Philadelphia's murder rate was more than three times that of New York.

"Why would any rational person want to trade what we have here for situation in Philly?" Bloomberg said. "More murders, higher crime. Is that what the Times wants?"

Mayor Bloomberg's attack put the mayor of Philadelphia on the defensive and in a bit of a bind.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told NY1 that Mayor Bloomberg is a friend. He then went on to dispute Mayor Bloomberg's charge that changes to Philadelphia's stop and frisk policy are responsible for a rise in crime.

"I don't think that the lawsuit we had or the settling of that suit has led to any particular increase in crime," he said. "What leads to an increase in crime is people with bad behavior acting like idiots out on the streets.

Mayor Nutter said he is not going to parse the mayor's statements.

"As everyone knows, there are many complexities as to why you might have an increase in crime," he said.

He had tougher words for the New York Times.

"I think they got some things wrong in their editorial," he said. "I am on the ground in Philadelphia, last I checked. With every respect to the New York Times, they don't live in Philadelphia."

As far as Mayor Bloomberg is concerned, he seems to be saying that New Yorkers should be grateful they don't live in Philadelphia, too.

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