With the below, let’s make sure Bloomberg hears from ALL of us, the people of New York City. Those of us who don’t have protection, money and the, “power” he does. –
Council Members Call for Bloomberg to Listen to New Yorkers on NYPD Bills
Letter requests same “opportunity for public comment” that mayor usually holds before deciding to sign or veto legislation
July 18, 2013
Alex Moore (CM Lander), email@example.com, 718-499-1090; Stefan Ringel (CM Williams), firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-608-8784
NEW YORK, NY
Today, Council Members Jumaane D. Williams, Brad Lander, Robert Jackson, Fernando Cabrera, Rosie Mendez, and Melissa Mark-Viverito called on Mayor Bloomberg to hold a hearing for public comment on the recently passed Community Safety Act. The Council Members highlighted the importance of a public hearing, particularly in light of recent nationwide discussions and protests focused on the need to ban profiling.
It has been common practice under the Bloomberg administration to hold such hearings, so that New Yorkers can speak directly to the mayor about their support or opposition to legislation.
“Too often in debates like these, policymakers from some of the city’s wealthier and safer neighborhoods decide what is best for low-income communities and communities of color without actually listening to the members of those communities.
We hope you will allow New Yorkers to give you their thoughts directly, for or against the legislation, before you decide whether to sign or veto it.”
The Community Safety Act passed the City Council in June by a supermajority, following extensive hearings before the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Oversight and Investigations Committees. The bill was improved by input from elected officials, law enforcement, and other members of the public.
Passage of the legislation marks the culmination of years of advocacy and community organizing by New York’s civil rights movement, including 2012 march, in which tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched against the NYPD’s stop, question, and frisk policy.
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