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The Democratic Mayoral Candidates on Stop-and-Frisk and Healthcare

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

With less than three weeks until the primary, the Democratic candidates for mayor are sharpening their attacks on one another. Since two issues, stop-and-frisk and health care, have taken center stage, we've compiled background on where the candidates' stand.

 

Stop-and-Frisk

 

Sal Albanese:

Plan calls for improved police training, hiring more officers, and the legalization/regulation of marijuana. Sees Stop and Frisk as a useful tool that needs to be reformed.

 

Bill de Blasio:

Plan includes increased gun safety.

Supports a council bill allowing New Yorkers to sue the police if they feel they’ve been racially profiled.

Supports a council bill that creates an inspector general to oversee the department.

Ray Kelly: Would not keep Ray Kelly as police commissioner. 

Quote: “You cannot address the crisis of stop-and-frisk without an inspector general, without a racial profiling ban as a matter of law, and without a new police commissioner. And I am the only Democratic candidate who believes that those three things can and must be done.”

 

John Liu:

Is the only candidate who calls for stop-and-frisk to be abolished altogether.

Quote: "Every other candidate for Mayor has been in favor of tweaking Stop-and-Frisk, which in effect has been a defense of the status quo.
I have been clear and consistent in calling for its complete end based on Stop-and-Frisk being the biggest form of systemic racial profiling
anywhere in the country … .”

 

Christine Quinn:

Opposes a council bill that would allow New Yorkers to sue the police if they feel they’ve been racially profiled.

Supports a council bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the police department.

Ray Kelly: Says she’d keep Ray Kelly as police commissioner – as long as he agrees to carry out her plan to reform stop-and-frisk.

Quote: “There are several candidates in this race who have talked a good game on reforming stop-and-frisk. Some have even tried to sow confusion about people’s position on this issue. But there is only one person running for mayor who has actually passed a law that will help rein in the practice –and it ain’t one of the boys.”

 

Bill Thompson:

Here’s Thompson’s plan.

Opposes a council bill that would allow New Yorkers to sue the police if they feel they’ve been racially profiled.

Opposes a council bill that would create an inspector general to over the police department.

Ray Kelly: Would not keep Ray Kelly as police commissioner.

Quote: "Ray is the face of an abusive stop-and-frisk policy that has targeted communities of color."

 

Anthony Weiner:

Has a plan that calls for reform to stop-and-frisk, with beat cops wearing cameras, increased police on the streets, focused deterrence and refined reporting through CompStat.

 

 

 

Hospitals:

 

Current frontrunners Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn have been sparring this week on the issue of health care, with Quinn saying de Blasio was barely present during the fight to save St. Vincent’s several years ago, and de Blasio accusing Quinn of letting the hospital close on her watch. The debate over health care has accelerated as Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Hospital in Brooklyn now face closure. 

 

Christine Quinn:

St. Vincent’s Hospital: Quinn represented St. Vincent’s district in City Council when it closed in 2010 with $1 billion in debt. Quinn was part of a task force of public officials organizing to save the hospital.

LICH: Quinn has issued numerous statements in support of the hospital.

Citywide: Last week, Quinn announced the launch of a Citywide Health System Planning Commission to work with the New York State Department of Health to improve health care.

Quote: "I'm grateful to the public advocate for when he came to the press conferences that I organized. I'm grateful to the public advocate for when he signed on to the letters and position papers that my office put out. But the truth is when we were on the frontlines organizing, when we were on the frontlines trying to keep St. Vincent’s alive, the Public Advocate was not there.”

 

Bill de Blasio:

St. Vincent’s Hospital: De Blasio was the Public Advocate when St. Vincent’s closed. He was also on the task force to keep the hospital open.  He says he had two meetings with the mayor, pleading with him to keep the hospital open.

LICH and Interfaith Hospitals: De Blasio has organized numerous rallies, filed suits and spent an afternoon in jail to try to stop the closure of LICH and Interfaith. The actions have resulted in the courts ordering LICH to stay open for now, though it serves only a handful of patients.

Citywide: De Blasio has released a plan to improve Brooklyn’s healthcare by creating a Brooklyn health authority and coordinating health facility construction  through a new fund.

Quote: “Speaker Quinn lost a hospital in her district while the speaker of the city council and the chief ally of the mayor of the city of New York, while in my area of Brooklyn we have saved LICH not once but twice. I think that contrast is clear.”

 

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