New York Daily News

July 1, 2013


Daily Politics

PBA Gunning For City Council Members Who Supported Community Safety Act


The battle to sway City Council members to flip their votes on two controversial NYPD oversight measures will begin in earnest tomorrow on the Upper East Side.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association will blanket Council members Daniel Garodnick's and Jessica Lappin's districts with leaflets that claim the bills they voted for will have a “chilling effect” on the NYPD.

The fliers — which will be handed out at the 77th Street subway station during the morning rush hour — feature photos of the two Dems under an all caps headline that read “They Didn’t Vote in Your Best Interest!”

“[Garodnick and Lappin] will make policing and your neighborhood more dangerous,” the flier reads.

Those two lawmakers were targeted because they represent “pro-law enforcement, conservative” districts, said a source.

They will also face the voters come November.

Lappin — whose district includes parts Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island — is running for Manhattan borough president, while Garodnick is up for reelection for his district. He reps part of the Upper East Side, as well as Midtown East and Stuyvesant Town.

“If they think this kind of special interest bullying is going to work with me, they picked the wrong legislator,” Lappin said.

Its the first volley in what’s expected to be the most brutal, behind-the-scenes arm-twisting campaign since the battle to overturn the term limits law.

Both of the bills — known collectively as the Community Safety Act — passed by narrow margins.

Particularly vulnerable is the bill that would allow citizens to sue the NYPD in state court for racial profiling.

That bill passed by just 34 votes — the exact number needed to overturn Mayor Bloomberg’s promised veto.

The loss of one vote would kill the bill.

The other bill — which would install an NYPD inspector general to oversee the department — passed by 40 votes.

Bloomberg — no stranger to using his wealth to pressure lawmakers to act — said on Monday that he was open to anything to stop the measures.

“These things are life and death issues ... They're going to put our police officers at risk,” he said.