Bloomberg Vetoes Police Oversight Bills

July 24, 2013 | Andy Cush

We knew this was coming, but still. Amid the hubbub over Carlos Danger and his sexting problem, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would bring new independent oversight to the NYPD. The legislation passed with a veto-proof majority last month, and Bloomberg vowed a veto immediately, targeting council members who helped it pass. An override vote could be held this summer.

Councilmen Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, who sponsored the bills, were fazed by the veto and by Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s vitriol for police critics. “We will not be deterred by false accusations or fear-mongering,” the two men said in a joint statement, arguing that the mayor’s “actions have embarrassed this city and this country.”