New York City Democrats Wrap Up Last Of Three Mayor’s Race Debates

If the fact that 87 percent of those stopped-and-frisked were minority does not raise concerns, then please consider that the New York Police Departments own records revealed that nearly nine out of 10 of the New Yorkers who were stopped-and-frisked were totally innocent (89 percent). This compelling data suggest that minorities are paying a high price to keep New Yorkers and tourists safe. Upset over the ruling, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at Judge Sheindlin in a statement to New Yorkers, Your safety and the safety of your kids is now in the hands of some woman who does not have the expertise to do it. And Police Commissioner Kelly predicted that violent crime will rise. The responses to the ruling made by Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly remind me that sometimes leaders can become so committed to achieving the goals of their policies until they either dont realize or choose to ignore the effect of their policies on some of the people they claim to be serving. When asked about the number of blacks and Latinos stopped-and-frisked, Commissioner Kelly indicated that a high percentage of the violent crimes in New York occur in the communities where blacks and Latinos live. He believed the actions of the officers were helping to keep the residents of these communities safe. Taken to another level, Commissioner Kellys comments regarding stop-and-frisk sound a lot like the British philosopher Jeremy Benthams doctrine of Utilitarianism actions that produce the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. There is no doubt that New York is a much safer city now than in past years. But, 89 percent of the people who have been subjected to stop-and-frisk were innocent in 2012. Perhaps this sad statistic will change now that Judge Scheindlin has appointed a federal monitor to oversee use of the tactic stop-and-frisk. This ruling could cause racial profiling to become a misfortune that minorities will no longer be legally required to endure.

It’s lights out for New York International Latino Film Festival

While there are plenty of outlying factors that led to the rise and fall of these teams, this is a product of the organic life cycle of NFL teams. After spending so many years picking high in the first round, the 49ers and Seahawks have been able to build juggernaut rosters, aided by progressive thinking from their relatively new head coaches. After all, if the 49ers were a playoff team in 2010, they would not have been able to select Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick in the same draft, both players who are now young cornerstones of the franchise. The Jets were the beneficiaries of favorable draft position not long ago. From 2006 to 2008, the Jets had tremendous success in the first round that led to their golden years in 2009 and 2010 when their building blocks blossomed into star players. Notable Jets Draft Picks 2006-2008 Year However, because they fumbled the 2009 and 2010 drafts and made a catastrophic error at the quarterback position, those poor decisions are starting to rear their ugly head now. The teams that were successful in those drafts, such as the 49ers, now have star players to beat up on players like Mark Sanchez and Vladimir Ducasse. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports The Jets cannot overcome their mistakes on draft day like other teams can. The length of a teams cycle in the realm of failure or success is directly related to stability and performance at the quarterback position. The Patriots have sustained an incredible amount of success because of their Hall of Fame-caliber signal-caller, Tom Brady. Brady allows the team to overcome bad drafts and poor free-agent signings, which teams without quality quarterback play, like the Jets, are unable to do. Dating back to Mike Tannenbaums first season as general manager in 2006, the Jets have been successful in spurtsa direct reflection of how they have handled the quarterback position. Since 2006, the Jets have had six different starting quarterbacks, and they will field a new one this upcoming week.

Grant Ehat, principal at JBG Rosenfeld Retail, the Chevy Chase company that is building two other D.C. Wal-Marts, said he has been trying to work out an arrangement with the Schaeffers. We would love to revive the deal if we could find a way to structure an equitable deal with the landowner, said Grant Ehat, principal at JBG Rosenfeld Retail. D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) said the Schaeffers had told him nearly a month ago that they had terminated the contract. He said he was hopeful that another deal could be worked out for a development that could improve that stretch of New York Avenue, lamenting that visitors from Baltimore Washington International Marshall Airport had to enter the District through an area that has struggled with blight and vacancy. Its the first thing that they see when they come to the nations capital, McDuffie said. Wal-Mart had vowed not to build the planned three stores that were not under construction, including the New York Avenue store and two stores in the Districts Ward 7, should the living wage legislation become law. The provision, which the D.C. Council passed with McDuffies support, would require some big-box chains, including Wal-Mart, to pay employees wages and benefits no less than $12.50 an hour. But Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo said that the chain had not pulled out of the New York Avenue deal. We are committed to building a store at the New York Avenue site, and will continue to work toward bringing the project to fruition, he said. Gray received the bill last week and is expected to decide whether to sign it or veto it in coming days.

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Calixto Chinchilla announced this week that he is closing the curtains on the New York International Latino Film Festival. The festival founder chalked up his decision to end its 13-year run to “economics.” It certainly wasnt a fly-by-night decision; it was a decision that was well over a year in the making, said Chinchilla, 35, the festival founder. I cried over it.” Chinchilla said the costs of booking theaters, printing festival brochures and paying for everything else that was needed to produce the event led to the demise. He didnt want to downsize the weeklong festival, which drew an audience of 25,000 at its peak. Falco Navaja (r,) and Kareem Savinon in “Kiss of Chaos,” which premiered at festival in 2009. It grew because the need was there, and the demand was there, he said, adding the festival didnt end because of a lack of community support. A day after the story was published online, Chinchilla’s partner disputed his claims, saying the annual showcase didn’t have to end. RELATED: QUEENS LATINO FESTIVAL IS CANCELED Elizabeth Gardner, who was co-executive director, insisted that the festival could have gone on. “I chose to leave the NYILFF, and Calixto opted not to continue without me,” Gardner told the Daily News on Friday. Gardner, who said she left the festival for “personal reasons” and because it was “too consuming,” denied Chinchilla’s assertion that the festival had become too costly. “To be clear, although the economy has been a challenge for all companies including NYILFF, this was not a decision based on economy, nor the company’s financial status, which, in fact, is healthy,”said Gardner, who wants to pursue a career as a movie producer. “We end with neither debts, nor liabilities.” Chinchilla declined to respond to his former partner’s claims, and said he stood by his explanation for dissolving the festival. Whatever the case, the discontinuation leaves a major void in the city’s cultural landscape. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Producer Elizabeth Gardener, actress Melodie Diaz and founder of the NY International Latino Film Festival Calixto Chinchilla attends the opening night of The New York International Latino Film Festival held on July 22, 2008 at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in New York City.

A sixth candidate, Sal Albanese, is polling at 1%. The rest of the respondents were undecided. During the debate, de Blasio came back numerous times to his proposal to tax anyone making more than $500,000 and put the money toward education. “This is a city which has always believed in big, bold ideas,” de Blasio said in response to a question from Thompson. Other candidates stressed the importance of early education, with Thompson noting the importance of an “intensive curriculum” and help with “professional development.” The front-runner also fended off attacks from other candidates on his changing position on term limits and accusations regarding his record with a worst landlords list. According to a New York Daily News article on Sunday , de Blasio, who created the list in 2010 in his role as public advocate, “went to bat” for one landlord with a “rash of violations” when the landlord steered donations his way. Quinn cited the “horrible conditions” of some of the buildings on de Blasio’s list, claiming some people in the buildings complained of still living in “squalor.” De Blasio cited the “300 buildings” that were fixed, saying, “I’m proud of what we did.” Moderators from WNBC News, which broadcast the debate, Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal asked each candidate a specific question, including how much each candidate earned per year. When asked about using a slush fund, Quinn said it was a practice that has been dropped. Thompson was asked why he has not taken a stronger stance on stop and frisk, to which he forcefully replied he believed the policy had been misused and abused and people were targeted for “who they are and what they looked like.” Weiner was asked about his credibility as a candidate. Calling himself “an imperfect messenger,” Weiner indicated he would still be effective if elected mayor. Liu, who spoke over the allotted time limit more than once during the debate, called for a comprehensive plan from childhood to high school and “restoring a learning environment” when answering on education.