NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two bills aimed at impacting the NYPD that were recently passed by the City Council.
But City Councilmembers were expected to attempt to override the veto.
Bloomberg vetoed Bill 1079, creating an inspector general position that would oversee the Police Department, and Bill 1080, which would limit racial profiling.
The bills were passed by the City Council in late June, by 40-11 and 34-17 votes, respectively.
Bloomberg said from the beginning that he would veto the bills. He issued a statement shortly after the votes in late June.
“Last year, there were a record-low numbers of murders – and a record-low number of shootings – in our city, and this year, we’re on pace to break both of those records. Unfortunately, these dangerous pieces of legislation will only hurt our police officers’ ability to protect New Yorkers and sustain this tremendous record of accomplishment. We have demonstrated why these bills are bad for public safety, and I will veto this harmful legislation and continue to make our case to Council Members over the coming days and weeks,” Bloomberg said last month.
The call for an inspector general gained traction when the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy went on trial to determine if the practice is discriminatory. Ciy Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral hopeful, led the charge to bring that measure up for a vote.
Quinn had said repeatedly she has enough votes to override a veto on the inspector general proposal.
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