Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor's breakfast

By CHRIS HAWLEY | December 30, 2011 | 2:35 AM EST

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a news conference as Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Activists upset at police efforts to spy on Muslims plan to skip the mayor's annual year-end interfaith breakfast on Friday, Dec. 30, saying Bloomberg shouldn't be defending the tactics. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

NEW YORK (AP) — The table is set for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual interfaith breakfast with some controversy added to the menu.

The breakfast set for Friday morning will be held without 15 Muslim leaders. They are boycotting the event to protest Bloomberg's support of the police department's surveillance of Muslim communities.

They told the mayor in a letter that they disagree with his position following a series of articles by the Associated Press exposing the police department's methods.

Rabbi Michael Weisser (WISE-er) says he'll attend the breakfast even though he signed the letter. He says Muslim community members told him they'd prefer he speak directly with the mayor.

Bloomberg's office says about two dozen Muslim community members will attend breakfast. Police spokesman Paul Browne says allegations that police spy on communities are false.