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Council Passes Budget, NYPD Oversight In Late-Night Push

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A late-night session that stretched into the early morning hours Thursday yielded a new budget and approved oversight of the NYPD, all with what's believed to be a veto proof majority. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

After 2 a.m. on Thursday, the Council approved the so-called Community Safety Act -- two bills vehemently opposed by the Bloomberg administration.

"I implore you, if you are a black, Hispanic male or female please listen to us," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams.

One of the bills creates an independent inspector general for the NYPD. The other allows New Yorkers to sue for biased-based profiling in state court.

"The statement that this will cause crime to go up, there are no facts out there to bear this up," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"The loss of civil rights cannot be collateral damage in our pursuit of a safe city," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

NY1 learned the mayor personally called several lawmakers, urging them to vote against the measures.

Mayor Bloomberg says the legislation will stymie police work. Both the mayor and police commissioner argue the racial profiling bill will lead to frivolous lawsuits.

The Speaker supports the inspector general bill, but not the profiling measure.

That proposal created far more controversy.

"It will put judges in charge of the police. Every police policy is in jeopardy here. No scalpel was used. A machete will hack away at every needed public safety tool," said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

"I have a high school degree, a college degree and a law degree and I've been stopped," said City Councilwoman Helen Foster.

"It's an election year. We are all here to pander. We all want to get our face in the newspaper," added City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

Moments after the Council passed the legislation the mayor's office released a statement saying the bills would only make it more difficult for the police department to keep New Yorkers safe. He said he would continue to make his case to the Council after he vetoed the legislation.

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