City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has backed an inspector general for the NYPD, but now she is making good on a promise to bring a racial profiling bill to the floor for a vote, even though she opposes the legislation. It is just one Monday development on the campaign trail, along with Bill de Blasio releasing a campaign video and candidates deciding whether to enter the city's campaign finance program. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
As a mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn is open to trying new things. Late Monday, the council speaker announced she would allow a bill she opposes come to a vote at the City Council in the next few weeks. It is the first time it has happened in her more than seven years as speaker.
The bill would allow people to sue over racial profiling in state court. Quinn says federal, not state courts should have oversight of the issue.
Earlier this year, she committed to letting the measure come to a vote. It marks a shift in policy as she ramps up her campaign for mayor.
"We are going to have the first woman mayor in the City of New York and what that is going to show is what we know: that voters vote for the best candidate," Quinn said.
On Monday, Quinn was endorsed by the city chapter of the National Organization for Women. The group shot down one of Quinn's well-known opponents, Anthony Weiner.
"The acts that he committed don't formally disqualify him from running in this race, but I think they disqualify him in the minds of many people," said Sonia Ossorio of NOW NYC.
Meanwhile, Bill de Blasio was taking a cue from the council speaker. The public advocate released this web video on Monday, detailing his personal story, including his father's alcoholism and his family life.
In the video, de Blasio says of his childhood home, "Pretty much by the time I was seven, it was clear things were breaking apart."
Describing the beginning of his relationship with his wife, de Blasio says, "Both families were more than surprised when we brought each other home."
The Web ad was released on the eve of Quinn's memoir hitting the shelves. The speaker's book details her personal struggles with her mother's death, alcoholism and bulimia.
Monday was also the final day for candidates to decide whether or not to enter the city's campaign finance program. Most mayoral candidates said they would be asking the city for public matching funds.
Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion and Republicans John Catsimatidis and George McDonald said they would not participate.