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NY stop-frisk deal lifts hope for more settlements

Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 12:20 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The goodwill surrounding a deal to resolve how New York City carries out its stop-and-frisk crime-reducing tool is raising hopes that the new mayor will amicably resolve other disputes as well.

A federal judge presiding over a 44-year-old civil rights case in Manhattan voiced optimism — or at least wishful thinking.

Judge Charles Haight (hayt) wrote Thursday that he was wondering whether Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) administration will resolve disputes over police surveillance in the Muslim community.

The order was released the same day that de Blasio announced the police department will submit to a monitor to improve the stop and frisk program.

Civil rights lawyers say they're looking forward to an administration that might be more receptive to their arguments.