Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
De Blasio, Quinn Spar at Mayoral Debate Over Kelly
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The seven Democrats running for mayor of New York City traded barbs at a debate televised on Wednesday with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn engaging in some of the harshest exchanges.
De Blasio mocked Quinn for saying that she would offer Police Commissioner Ray Kelly a spot in her administration, but only if Kelly reduces the number of stop and frisks.
"Allow me to paraphrase Michael Corleone," said de Blasio with a nod to the film The Godfather. "Speaker Quinn, don't insult our intelligence. Ray Kelly is not going to make that change."
But Quinn shot back, "Let me be clear, if Ray Kelly is going to be my police commissioner, like any other commissioner who works for me, they will follow my orders or they won't work for me."
It was the first debate since Anthony Weiner joined the race. He said he would not reappoint Ray Kelly and that it was up to the next mayor to fix stop and frisk, not a federal monitor from the Justice Department.
The debate was sponsored by NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Leadership Institute.