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Mayor de Blasio files to drop city’s stop-and-frisk appeal

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed papers on Thursday to drop the city’s appeal of a judge’s decision to reform the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

Under the court papers, which were filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, the city came to an agreement with the plaintiffs in the ongoing case against stop-and-frisk, Floyd vs. City of New York. 

“This is a defining moment in our history. It’s a defining moment for millions of our families, especially those with young men of color,” de Blasio said. “This will be one city, where everyone’s rights are respected, and where police and community stand together to confront violence.”

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled last year that the Police Department had discriminated against minorities with stop-and-frisk, and ordered that monitor oversee the NYPD and other reforms.

In the agreement announced today, a court-appointed monitor will oversee the NYPD’s reform of stop-and-frisk for three years.

The city filed to appeal the decision last year under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Despite the city dropping the appeal, the case may not be over. When de Blasio was elected mayor last year, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) promised that they will seek to intervene and carry on the appeal if the city drops the case.

“We continue to have serious concerns about how these remedies will impact our members and the ability to do their jobs,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said. “Our goal is to continue to be involved in the process in order to give voice to our members and to make every effort to ensure that their rights are protected.”



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Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 15 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: D.B. Rielly at Winegasm

D.B. Rielly will perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including Roots, Blues, and Country at Winegasm in Astoria at 9 p.m. D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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The appeals panel that booted a federal judge from the stop-and-frisk case said Wednesday it won’t let her defend herself in court. Read more: New York Daily News

Five bikers accused in alleged road rage incident appear in court

Five of the bikers who were allegedly involved in a September 29, road rage incident appeared in court on Wednesday. Read more: CBS New York

4 World Trade Center officially opens with ribbon cutting

The office tower at 4 World Trade Center has opened in lower Manhattan. A ribbon-cutting was held this morning for the 978-foot building. Read more: ABC New York

Obamacare enrollment low; Democrats unhappy

Add simmering Democratic discontent to the problems plaguing “Obamacare,” now that first-month enrollment figures are out. Read more: AP

Verizon data network problems

If you can’t get on the web or download files on your Verizon cell phone as quickly as you once could, there is a reason. Read more: Fox New York


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night :Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 39. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Working Life in Meiji Japan 1868-1912

The Resobox Gallery in Long Island City presents Working Life in Meiji Japan 1868-1912, an exhibition of 19th century hand-colored photographs of Japanese entrepreneurial class culture from The Burns Archive. The exhibit’s images feature the best of Japanese photographs that were made to show the perceived exotic nature of Japan to the West. The exhibit is on display through December 5. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ousted stop-frisk judge’s lawyer slams NYC motion

A lawyer for the federal judge removed from cases concerning the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy said Sunday that the city’s attempt to have her orders vacated is bringing “character assassination into the judicial process.” Read more: NBC New York

Reading, writing textbooks recommended by Department of Education are ‘loaded with errors': teachers

Teachers across the city are reporting problems with the new reading and writing textbooks recommended by the Department of Education. Read more: New York Daily News 

Bryant Park shooting suspect facing arraignment

The 16-year-old suspect in the double shooting in Bryant Park over the weekend is expected to be arraigned Monday. Read more: ABC New York

Today’s PG-13 movies more violent than 1980’s ‘R’ films: study

Modern-day PG-13 movies, such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers,” are more violent than 1980s-era R-rated movies like “The Untouchables,” according to a new study. Read more: NBC New York

Typhoon-hit victims in Philippines plead for aid

Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Read more: AP

Federal court grants stay on stop-and-frisk decision

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A federal court halted the decision that requires reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay on District Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision, while the city is appealing the ruling. The court also removed Scheindlin from the case.

Scheindlin originally ruled the policy unconstitutional in August, appointed lawyer Peter Zimroth to monitor the NYPD and ordered that officers wear body cameras.

“I find that the city is liable for violating plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights,” Scheindlin wrote. “The city acted with deliberate indifference toward the NYPD’s practice of making unconstitutional stops and conducting unconstitutional frisks.”

The city filed to appeal Scheindlin’s ruling a few days later, and mayor Bloomberg called her decision unfair.

“Throughout the trail that just concluded the judge made it clear that she was not at all interested in the crime reductions here [in the city] or how we achieved them,” Bloomberg said.

The appeals court decision has received split reaction from the mayoral candidates.

“I’m extremely disappointed in today’s decision,” said Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio. “We shouldn’t have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution. We have to end the overuse of stop-and-frisk–and any delay only means a continued and unnecessary rift between our police and the people they protect.”

His Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, touted the court’s decision.

“Bravo! As I have said all along, Judge Scheindlin’s biased conduct corrupted the case and her decision was not based on the facts,” Lhota said. “The ruling by the nation’s second highest court was an unprecedented rejection of both the result of the case and the manner with which it was achieved.”