With weeks to go in the legislative session, advocates are pushing forward some controversial bills at the City Council. Council members and the administration are huddling around the negotiating table trying to see if they can collectively make more changes to the NYPD. Our Courtney Gross has more.
As the City Council's legislative session winds down, there is a renewed push to bring stalled bills back to life.
"We are asking them for the moral courage to bring this to a vote," said activist Linda Sarsour. "It's been four years. Four years too long."
Sarsour is talking about the Right to Know Act — two bills first introduced in 2014. One would require police officers to identify themselves by name and rank, and hand out a business card, during certain stops. The other would require officers to notify people of their right to refuse certain searches that do not have probable cause.
"We are in actively in conversations with the sponsor of the bill, with the administration with the NYPD and even with the advocates," said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Last year, the Council speaker and the NYPD made some of these changes administratively.
But advocates say it is not enough.
The de Blasio administration opposes the bills but is at the negotiating table.
A key sponsor of the measure requiring police to ID themselves said Thursday he won't bring it to a vote unless there is an agreement from all parties involved. He is also refusing to force the bill out of committee — what's known as a discharge.
So, will something be put to the floor before the end of this session?
"If it has the support of both sides," said Councilman Ritchie Torres. "If we fail to negotiate a compromise that commands a mutual agreement then we do face the prospect of enacting nothing in this legislative session."
That eliminates any potential faceoff with the mayor.
But at the same time, the councilman who is the lead sponsor of the search proposal says he is committed to a vote before the end of the year.
"No compromise is not in my vocabulary," said Councilman Antonio Reynoso." We are going to come to a place where i can pass these bills."
But the clock is ticking. The council has just a few more weeks to act. The legislative session ends at the end of next month.