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NYC: A familiar ring to policing clash

Christine Quinn's clash with the Bloomberg administration isn't

Christine Quinn's clash with the Bloomberg administration isn't the first of its kind between a mayoral candidate and an incumbent. (Credit: Charlie Eckert)

For longtime City Hall denizens, there's a bit of a familiar echo to the clash between Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn over an election-year bill to create an inspector general for the NYPD.

Around this time 12 years ago, another Democratic mayoral candidate, under fire from primary rivals over alleged coziness with the departing Republican mayor, created a similar stir. The candidate, then-Comptroller Alan Hevesi, aired a commercial vowing to "increase accountability" and "stop profiling" by police. Then-mayor Rudy Giuliani denounced the ad as divisive and unfair.

It is becoming difficult to recall a mayoral contest that did not serve as something of a referendum on the incumbent's public-safety positions.

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