Mayor Michael Bloomberg has about six weeks left of real relevance in New York City. After the November election, he'll have full-fledged lame-duck status and basically nothing he says will mean much of anything.
Seriously, remember what Giuliani said after Bloomberg was elected? Neither do we.
So Bloomberg is choosing to use his final days to absolutely savage the City Council, specifically their most high-profile legislation of the year: the Community Safety Act.
Last week, the mayor's veto of the CSA was overturned by a majority vote of the council. It was close, but the two bills squeaked by. One is aimed at curbing stops related to race, the other establishes an Inspector General for the NYPD.
At the time, the mayor threatened to take the issue to the courts — which he still might do — but in the meantime he's trying to turn the tide of public opinion against it.
In a radio address Sunday, Bloomberg reminded New York City residents that he things the Community Safety Act makes people less safe.
Calling the Act "election year politics at its worst," Bloomberg appealed to the very minority communities that have felt so impacted by the last decade of stop-and-frisk.
"The tragic irony is that the very communities the City Council seeks to help – black and Latino communities – will be the ones that suffer the consequences," he added. "It is a dangerous piece of legislation and we will ask the courts to step in before innocent people are harmed."
All of this, of course, flies in the face of what most of the current crop of mayoral candidates think, as well.
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