Spin Cycle

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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.

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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.