Community Safety Act

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association sues over stop-and-frisk
News Liam La Guerre 10/16/2013 at 2:48PM

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) slapped the city with a lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge the profiling measure of the Community Safety Act. The organization charges that the City Council overstepped its boundaries by passing Local Law 71, which allows individuals to more easily sue the city over discrimination, such as with some stop-and-frisk encounters. [...]

Councilmember Ruben Wills re-elected to City Council
Politics Maggie Hayes 9/11/2013 at 1:13AM

Incumbent Councilmember Ruben Wills will continue on through another term in the 28th City Council District. Wills beat out attorney Hettie Powell, Reverend David Kayode and Eugene Walter Evans for the seat with almost 50 percent of all votes. After being elected to the City Council in a 2010 special election, Wills has been hard [...]

Mayor Bloomberg files suit to stop law making it easier to sue city over profiling
News Liam La Guerre 9/04/2013 at 4:50PM

From the City Council to the courts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday against the City Council to challenge a law that would make it easier for people to sue the city in discrimination cases. The mayor’s latest move in the battle over the controversial Community Safety Act only [...]

Judge rules NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional
Judge rules NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 8/12/2013 at 1:48PM

Score another win for opponents of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that the police department’s use of the policy is unconstitutional and suggested the appointment of a monitor to reform it. “I find that the city is liable for violating plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights,” Scheindlin wrote. [...]

Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election
Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election
Politics Melissa Chan 8/12/2013 at 12:12PM

Numerous police unions are backing one candidate’s bid to unseat incumbent Councilmember Mark Weprin. Joseph Concannon, a retired police captain from Bellerose, announced his run for City Council on August 8 — with the full support of several law enforcement groups, including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). “I can assure you I will never risk [...]

Op-Ed: Community Safety Act: Setting the record straight
News Op-Ed 7/26/2013 at 12:57PM

COUNCILMEMBER MARK S. WEPRIN There has recently been a great deal of heated discussion about the two bills that comprise the Community Safety Act (Introductions 1079 and 1080), which the New York City Council passed in late June.  New Yorkers have been receiving some false information on these bills, so I think the time has [...]

Pols in support of Community Safety Act
Pols in support of Community Safety Act
News Liam La Guerre 7/19/2013 at 4:05PM

A group of Queens councilmembers that voted in favor of controversial legislation to oversee the activities of the NYPD gathered at Borough Hall to reaffirm their support last week. Led by Councilmember Leroy Comrie, the public officials, including Borough President Helen Marshall and various minority groups, said the Community Safety Act would help end profiling [...]

Mayor: Police stop too many whites, not enough minorities
Mayor: Police stop too many whites, not enough minorities
Police Liam La Guerre 6/29/2013 at 10:52AM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered critics of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy by saying the NYPD doesn’t stop enough people of color and stops too many whites. Less than one day after the City Council approved major legislation to change up management of the police department against the mayor’s wishes, Bloomberg made the controversial remark about [...]

NYC Council passes NYPD oversight legislation
NYC Council passes NYPD oversight legislation
Politics Liam La Guerre 6/27/2013 at 11:58AM

The New York City Council approved legislation that could make dramatic changes to the management of the NYPD. Early this morning the Council passed the Community Safety Act, which contains two separate bills. One will create an inspector general to oversee the activities of the police department and have subpoena power, while the other bill [...]