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New Yorkers Rally at City Hall for Community Safety Act Passage

KHORRI ATKINSON Special to the AmNews | 6/27/2013, 1:58 p.m.

Banks later asserted that "the F.B.I., C.I.A., the New York Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department all have an Inspector General, so what about the NYPD?" he asked. This legislation ask for an Inspector General just like any other city agency."

When the Community Safety Act was proposed at the council's first hearing in Oct. 11 last year, neither Bloomberg nor Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were present, although they were invited, according to published reports.

Both have publicly opposed the idea of having an inspector general that will oversee the actions of the NYPD. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg said there is no need for such an office in New York because crime is at an all-time low and the department is working well under its current leadership.

In his belief, Williams said the reason why Bloomberg opposed the legislation is because he [Bloomberg] thinks it is a threat to his legacy as mayor. "That's the only believe I have" he said.

According to published reports, City Council speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn supports Intro 1079, but not Intro 1080 that ask for an Inspector General. Nevertheless, she will bring the legislation to floor after it is discharged and also vote to have into law reports said.