Quinn on thin ice: copsMarch 26, 2013
Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s plan for oversight of the NYPD has damaged her chances of landing a coveted mayoral endorsement from a coalition of law-enforcement unions, The Post has learned.
Quinn’s proposal for an inspector general to probe police policies such as stop-and-frisk “is all about politics and garnering votes,” fumed detectives- union President Michael Palladino.
“I would call the inspector-general bill a negative for Quinn,” said Palladino, head of the United Uniformed Employees Coalition representing 60,000 workers. “The feeling among our members is that this bill is a demerit.
“It’s a power grab. It will absolutely play a part in our endorsement for mayor.”
Palladino said he’s stunned that city law-enforcement officers, who’ve helped drive down crime to record lows, have become political punching bags.
“Unfortunately, there’s a new interest group out there: criminals,” he said, “They may end up with a criminal-friendly mayor.”
Palladino said labor leaders in the coalition met last week and expressed widespread displeasure with Quinn’s legislation.
The Uniformed Employees Coalition, created last fall specifically to influence the mayoral race, includes NYPD detectives, sergeants and captains unions.
It also includes all the police and uniformed unions with the Port Authority and the MTA, as well as correction-officers and sanitation-workers unions, and some of the fire officer unions.
The PBA and Uniformed Firefighters Association are not part of the coalition.
The Quinn campaign defended her yesterday.
“Chris Quinn makes her decisions based on policy, not politics,” said campaign spokesman Mike Morey. “This bill will keep our streets safe and improve community relations.”
Palladino said the coalition is open to endorsing one candidate in the primary or general election — Democrat or Republican.
GOP candidates Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis oppose Quinn’s bill. Quinn’s Democratic rivals support it, except for Comptroller John Liu, who says it’s unnecessary since, as mayor, he’d abolish stop-and-frisk.