The City Council's debate over the Community Safety Act has sparked a nasty fight between Quinn and her top rival in the mayor's race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Quinn fired back Thursday, accusing de Blasio of trying to have it both ways when it comes to the police tactic. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio favors both City Council bills to reform the New York City Police Department, and he is keeping up his attacks on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for voting against one of the bills, which makes it easier to bring racial profiling claims against the NYPD.
"Speaker Quinn will stand with Mayor Bloomberg and vote for a second time against a ban on racial profiling," de Blasio said.
Quinn, however, is trying to use the legislation to her advantage, touting the council's override of the mayor's vetoes as the latest example of her ability to get results.
"Bill de Blasio has shown us yet again that he is one of those political candidates who sadly, is nothing more than a say-anything, do-nothing politician," Quinn said.
She's also trying to portray de Blasio as a hypocrite. He has expressed interest in having former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton lead the department, a man recently credited with having pioneered the use of stop-and-frisk.
De Blasio dismissed the attack.
"Let's talk about hypocrisy. You can't be in favor of fairness in policing and vote against a ban on racial profiling," de Blasio said.
Former City Comptroller William Thompson is trying to get in on the fight. He opposed both bills.
"It is unfortunate that Bill needs legislation to be able to bring about change. I don't," Thompson said.
The Republican candidates for mayor, meanwhile, are denouncing the council's veto overrides in much stronger terms.
"They shouldn't be weakening the NYPD. They should be applauding them for what they've done and what they continue to do," said Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota.
John Catsimatidis said the bills would undoubtedly lead to a rise in crime. He said he plans to play an active role in backing lawsuits filed against the legislation.