New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

Special to AmNews | 6/27/2013, 2:24 p.m.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the New York City Council passed two bills,...
New York City Council Passes Community Safety Act

Other organizations have openly voiced their opposition to the Community Safety Act. The Detectives Endowment Association (DEA), which represents more than 16,000 active and retired cops, has already made threats to Council members who support the bill.

"Any legislator who supports an irresponsible bill like this is not worthy of the political support of men and woman who risk their lives behind the gold shield," said Michael Palladino, president of the DEA to the New York Post.

"This issue is larger than politics. Therefore the DEA will revoke the endorsement of any and all city council members who support this measure," Palladino continued.

As of June 12, 2013 the DEA has endorsed New York City Comptroller, Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Candidate Dr. Cathy Guerriero, and New York City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. Vallone. Vallone is not a supporter of the bill and it is not clear yet whether the other endorsed city officials support it or not.

However Williams, who set forth the bill with Speaker of the City Council and New York City Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn, remains optimistic.

"We won and I'm looking forward to the next level," Williams stated. "The mayor will veto the bill and we will override the veto because we have the veto majority," he added.