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The media appears to be eyeing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the new frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral primary race after some polls showed him in the lead up to the primary. The New York Times takes a look at his management style during Hilary Clinton's 2000 Senate race and finds he "could be agonizingly inefficient in a high-pressure, ever-shifting situation."WNYC says that De Blasio has been the city's "official gadfly" for the past three yearsbut that now he is trying to demonstrate "he also knows how to run things." Kenneth Lovett of the Daily News scrutinizes De Blasio's plan to raise city income tax on those making more than $500,000. He says it would need the blessing of the state and that insiders tell him that raising taxes "would have virtually no chance of passing in Albany next year."

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The first official Democratic mayoral primary debate takes place tonight, with candidates Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Erick Salgado, Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner. If the first televised mayoral debate is any indication of the direction this one will go, Quinn will be the focus of attacks. With the Sept. 10 primary approaching, the other candidates will be trying to position themselves to at least win a spot in the likely runoff election. Gotham Gazette will be streaming the live NY1 video broadcast that begins at 7 p.m. Radio listeners can tune into WNYC.


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A federal task force created by President Obama following Hurricane Sandy is expected to unveil its recommendations today for how to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged by the storm consistent with the need to prepare for future storms. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is joining Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at a news conference to unveil the recommendations this morning. During his weekly radio address yesterday, Bloomberg spoke about how the city is working to make the waterfront "stronger and more resilient" — from sand replenishment in the Rockaways to the creation of an institute to study urban ecosystems in an era of climate change. For more coverage throughout the day, go to AdaptNY: Your Voice In New York's Climate Change adaptation debate.

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The New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, a judge ruled yesterday in a decision that included a call for a court-assigned independent monitor to oversee several reforms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has aggressively defended the practice as necessary to keep crime at historic lows, called the decision “very dangerous.”

"We believe we have done exactly what the courts allow and what the Constitution allows us to do,” he said.

He promised to appeal the decision — but the legal fight will likely outlast his stewardship of the city and will be left to his successor. Democratic candidates for mayor largely said they would abide by the court’s decision. Republican candidates called on the Bloomberg administration to fight it.

In her decision, federal judge Shira Scheindlin found that the city’s stop-and-frisk relied on “indirect racial profiling” by targeting minority communities and that officers stopped “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” She said the practice violated the Fourth Amendment, as well as the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

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Mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner are winning the money race against their opponents in the crowded field for the Democratic nomination. With about a month to go before the Sept. 10 primary, new numbers filed with the city's Campaign Finance Board show the financial strength of candidates for citywide office. Quinn has $8.6 million; Weiner has $6.2 million. Weiner saw his fundraising lag following revelations that the married former congressman's habit of lewd online exchanges with women continued even after he had resigned from Congress for the same behavior.

In the comptroller's race, filings with the city show that ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer spent over $2.5 million -- including over $270,000 on petitioning to get on the ballot -- since announcing his bid for the seat in July. He put $3.7 million of his own funds into the race. His opponent in the Democratic primary, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, has $4.6 million on hand.

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