September 4, 2013
Brooklyn, NY – New Yorkers for de Blasio campaign manager Bill Hyers released the following statement in response to Speaker Quinn's misleading, desperate attack ad:
"This is a grossly misleading and desperate attack from a candidate in a panicked free-fall. No one has fought harder for tenants or been more outspoken on the need to reform stop-and-frisk than Bill de Blasio. Instead of a blatantly deceptive hatchet job in a production studio, Christine Quinn should let voters see the full, unedited clip that this footage was taken from.”
The Quinn Campaign deliberately cherry-picked one snippet of an interview given by de Blasio in an obvious attempt to misconstrue his position and mislead voters. A transcript of the exchange appears below, and the full interview can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RROZSquA_lY&t=3m32s
Reporter (3:32): He wants to eliminate stop and frisk we're talking about reforming, given such distrust in the community between the community and police how would you go about in reforming it so that trust could be rebuilt?
BDB (3:44): Uh, I think you can't eliminate the basic police tactic of stop and frisk because it is a valid policing tactic pursuing a suspect description for example but doing it in a constitutional and appropriate manner. That's something you have to do as part of policing. But the notion that we can fundamentally reform the approach-- we can make it fair. I know we can do that. So I disagree with anyone that says abolish a tactic we need, but I agree entirely we fundamentally have to reform it, we have to change the nature of it. And we're not going to do that with a police commissioner who continues to try and rationalize a broken policy.
The italicized portion was NOT in the ad.
Similarly, The New York Times fact-check on Speaker Quinn's claims on the Landlord Watchlist calls it a stretch:
New York Times Fact-Check: De Blasio and Landlords on Watch List
Mr. de Blasio was criticized by his opponents for using a landlord watch list he maintains as public advocate for campaign fund-raising purposes. It is accurate that Mr. de Blasio collected money from some landlords on his watch list (as well as their relatives); a recent Daily News article said it was $54,000. But it is a bit of a stretch to suggest that Mr. de Blasio used the list to publicly shame the landlords and extract contributions, in exchange for getting off the list. For one thing, some contributors on Mr. de Blasio’s list donated well before the list was even created. In addition, Mr. de Blasio says that his office does not have any subjective way of taking landlords or their buildings off the list; before any violations are removed, repairs must first be recorded by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.