Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
Bloomberg Says He'll Back Stop And Frisk Council Candidates
Monday, July 01, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he will back City Council candidates who share his belief in the value of stop and frisk – but he stopped short of saying he would invest his own money in their campaigns.
"We should all support candidates that we agree with," he said. "I make no bones about it. .... I'm certainly going to talk about it. I'm going to encourage people to vote for those things.
The mayor's remark came in response to a question about a report in today's New York Post that Bloomberg plans to use his personal fortune to help defeat candidates who oppose the NYPD policy.
Last week, the City Council approved a pair of bills aimed at reining in the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk.
A bill that would expand the definition of racial profiling passed with exactly enough votes for the Council to override a veto from the mayor. That means he needs only one member to change positions for his veto to hold.