They may be ideological opposites but President Donald Trump and Mayor Bill de Blasio have more in common than you might think.
It’s not just that overall crime continues its nearly three-decade decline under Mayor Bill de Blasio, despite the reduction of the notorious stop-and-frisk. Now, the mayor appears to have tamed the beast that is the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Each of NYPD’s last four commissioners has written books, most of which are filled with hot air, goop and self-promotion — and in the case of former Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s autobiography "The Lost Son," maybe some alternative facts.
His approval ratings are low. A Quinnipiac poll in November found that nearly half of New Yorkers don’t believe he deserves re-election.
Even without Donald Trump, developments last week on three pending cases in Washington and New York reflect the divisiveness of race, ethnicity and politics here in the city.
What is the NYPD going to do about Insp. Barry Buzzetti?
An internal police report on the 2012 shooting death of Ramarley Graham does not place the major burden of guilt on Officer Richard Haste, who shot the unarmed teenager in the bathroom of his Bronx apartment. Instead, the report blames the sergeant at the scene for failing to stop Haste from rushing pell-mell into the apartment building before backup arrived, NYPD Confidential has learned.
If NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill didn’t have enough on his mind with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Police power grab, former commissioner Ray Kelly is now trying to reprise parts of his controversial Muslim-spying policy.
Although no one asked for them, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending 150 state troopers to patrol MTA bridges and tunnels, supposedly to help the NYPD fight terrorism.
This year has been an eventful one for the NYPD, with changes both in personnel and policy.
Why is the State Police, whose relatively small 5,041-person force covers the state, patrolling in Staten Island when the city has the NYPD and its 36,000 cops?
If, as seems likely, the pro-law enforcement Trump administration does not pursue federal charges against police officer Michael Pantaleo for the "chokehold" death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, all eyes will turn to the NYPD.
The NYPD is being sucked into a war between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo — a war in which the department does not belong.
An ill-wind is blowing through New York in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. Rather than begin a healing process, the city seems more divided than ever.
1. Winner: Rudy Giuliani. As mayor and de facto NYPD commissioner for eight years and more recently a fevered Trump supporter, it was unclear whether his final destination would be Washington or an insane asylum. With talk of him potentially becoming attorney general, the former seems more likely — at least in the short term.
Whether federal judge Charles Haight recommended significant changes or merely tweaked a recent settlement limiting NYPD spying of Muslims, one thing is clear: Haight doesn’t trust the department.
An email from reader Pete Fiorillo, a retired, 30-year NYPD cop [1962-1993], offers some perspective on Sgt. Hugh Barry’s fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, an emotionally disturbed, 66-year-old black woman. Police Commissioner James O’Neill, placed Barry on modified assignment before the department completed its internal investigation, saying Barry had not followed protocol.
Maybe the New York Post got it wrong a couple of years ago when it famously quoted the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray, warning her husband he couldn’t trust then-police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Maybe a more accurate rendition was that Bratton warned his successor Jim O’Neill he couldn’t trust Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Who is the real Mayor Bill de Blasio? Is he the shambling, ever-smiling, well-meaning mayor who hasn’t yet learned to tie his shoelaces so that he stumbles from crisis to crisis? Or is he a shrewd and cynical politician who believes he can bedazzle ignorant New Yorkers with rhetoric?
“Just got off of a very delayed LIRR train,” NYPD Det. Martin Green, a 16-year veteran, assigned to the citywide Traffic Task Force auxiliary unit, posted on his Facebook page when his LIRR train arrived at Penn Station on Sept. 28. “There was a medical emergency in the car ahead of mine. Not a regular medical emergency.”
Captains Endowment Association president Roy Richter used Manhattan's posh Harvard Club to try to reduce fines by the Conflicts of Interest Board against three NYPD chiefs. The chiefs had accepted free meals, totaling about $600 for each, at high-end steak joints from Thomas Galante, the former head of the Queens Public Library, in violation of the city charter.
In what appears to be a first for the NYPD, a police commissioner was introduced at his swearing-in ceremony at Police Plaza by the mayor’s wife.
James O’Neill was sworn in Friday by Mayor Bill de Blasio in the silence of the police commissioner’s office, far from the media and the public. He becomes the city’s 43rd commissioner, and the first in a generation who is not a celebrity.
The black man who Robert Kennedy, Jr. falsely accused of killing Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut, because he “was obsessed” with the teenager’s “beautiful blonde hair” says he never met her and was not in Greenwich the night of her 1975 slaying.
Call it Larry Byrne’s epiphany. Byrne is the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of legal matters. A former federal prosecutor, he’s a smart and slick guy.
Like the British monarchy or the New York Yankees, the NYPD can put on a show. So the department did last week at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the funeral of one of its all-time greats, former First Deputy John Timoney.
In his recently published book, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. maintains that his cousin, Michael Skakel, was “framed” for the murder of his 15-year-old neighbor, Martha Moxley, by an incompetent lawyer, a “corrupt” detective and prosecutor, and the media — including this reporter.
Readers, take any apology from the media with a grain of salt.
In the end, Bill Bratton did what he has done in the past. After angling for the job of NYPD commissioner for more than five years (some say longer), he is staying just two and a half years and is gone.
What's Mayor Bill de Blasio going to do about a successor to Bill Bratton, now that the NYPD commissioner has reiterated that he plans not to remain beyond 2017? Police sources say he may leave before then.
The group of young black activists who chained themselves to lobby turnstiles at the headquarters of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association got a lot of mileage when ten of them were arrested..
The seemingly unbridgeable chasm between the police and black Americans widened yesterday with what officials described as an "ambush" shooting that killed three cops and wounded three more in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Two fatal police shootings last week of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul. A sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers and wounded another seven by a black Army reservist who said he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers. Other attacks on police in Texas, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, reportedly by blacks.
How did this happen? How did the NYPD lose its way? How did businessmen Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz allegedly entice senior NYPD officials with fancy dinners and expensive trips to perform personal favors? The scandal has led to the indictments, transfers, modifications and and/or retirements of a dozen police brass — numbers that exceeded even those of the Knapp Commission corruption scandal of the early 1970s.
Stop and Frisk. Over-the-top spying on Muslims. The still unresolved deaths of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley. Add to that the arrest of two high-ranking NYPD officers on bribery charges and we have the lurid details of a widening corruption scandal.
The feds say NYPD Deputy Chief Mike Harrington was a cop 'on call' to Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, the two Orthodox Jewish hustlers at the heart of the NYPD corruption scandal.
The NYPD is hardly an avatar of social change.
Former NYPD Chief of Department Phil Banks is a behind-the-scenes presence in the corruption scandal involving former correction union boss Norman Seabrook; allegedly crooked Harlem restauranteur Hamlet Peralta; and Orthodox Jewish businessmen Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg.
Like the famed ocean liner, the greatest police department in the history of the world -- as it likes to portray itself -- seems headed toward an iceberg while the skipper, Mayor Bill de Blasio, seems oblivious to the dangers ahead. Perhaps the mayor is unaware that two-thirds of an iceberg resides beneath the surface.