Override of mayor’s Community Safety Act veto expected tomorrow

brad lander jumaane williams community safety act inspector general bill
Councilmembers Jumaane WIlliams and Brad Lander before both the profiling bill and the inspector general bill passed with veto-proof majorities. Credit: William Alatriste

The City Council’s controversial Community Safety Act will come for another vote of sorts tomorrow, as the Council will vote to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes of the inspector general bill and the anti-profiling bill the Council passed in late June.

Both bills passed with a veto-proof majority, but the mayor vetoed them anyway, and he and other opponents spent the last several weeks trying to negotiate changes of heart among the councilmembers.

But the bill’s proponents are not worried.

“I’m optimistic,” Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, one of the primary architects of the bills with Councilman Jumaane Williams, said. “I’m excited about this.”

Lander said that if the veto overrides go through, the Inspector General bill would take effect January 1, 2014, and the anti-profiling bill would take effect 90 days after enactment, around late November.

The mayor could still sue to try to block implementation of the bills, which Lander noted he has often done with legislation he disagrees with.

“I hope he won’t that here,” Lander said. “I think that hid actions are serving to further polarize on this issue. New Yorkers really want to come together.”

As the bills would not take effect until the next mayor’s tenure, it will really be the next mayor who has to deal with their ramifications. Lander noted that all of the Democratic mayoral candidates have said they would drop the mayor’s appeal of the federal ruling of Floyd v. City of New York, the case that declared the NYPD’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional in the way it is carried out.

He said he is optimistic that if the mayor were to sue based on the Council bills, the next mayor would drop that suit as well.

“[They have all said] either they support the bills or if the bills are law, they’ll respect the law,” he said.

Lander said he doesn’t think the bills have lost any supporters in the Council, and he is not anticipating any surprises in tomorrow’s veto override vote.

“I think it’s going to look very similar to how people voted before,” Lander said.

He spoke admiringly of how his colleagues have handled the issues, even those who voted in opposition to him.

“There was a lot of conversation, a lot of debate,” he said. “People really gave it a lot of thought, did a lot of research, and I believe came to their votes on the 26th [of June] thoughtfully and honestly.”

One of the most vocal opponents of the bills is Councilman Peter Vallone, who had initially refused to call the two to a vote in his public safety committee. Quinn, as the Council Speaker, bypassed his committee and pushed the bill to the floor for a vote by the full Council.

Asked if there is a chance the veto override will not happen tomorrow, Vallone replied evenly, “Anything’s possible.”

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.