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September 26, 2016
Chirlane McCray: Too Close for Comfort?
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.

September 19, 2016
The King is Dead. Long Live the King
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.

September 12, 2016
How RFK Jr. Framed Al Hasbrouck
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.

September 5, 2016
Larry Byrne's Eureka Moment
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.

August 29, 2016
They Don't Come Any Finer
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.

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