It is the latest sign of the blurred line between the two sides of City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio opted to hold a well-attended hearing on the city's municipal ID card legislation in the chamber where the City Council conducts its business. Mayoral hearings are traditionally held in the Blue Room in the mayor's wing of City Hall.
"I just think this is a really important moment to note the incredible teamwork between the administration and City Council in getting this done," de Blasio said.
An aide to the mayor said the location was chosen to accommodate the large crowd that turned out for the hearing.
Only supporters of the legislation lined up to speak. The New York Civil Liberties Union has problems with the bill, but did not testify. Sources say the administration was unhappy with their planned remarks.
(And you thought Bloomberg squelched free speech...)