Five most recent columns
August 24, 2015
So City Hall will now review all requests of public records of any city agency that could “reflect directly on the mayor.” That is, Mayor Bill de Blasio will control all Freedom of Information Law queries not just from journalists but also from watchdog groups and the public.
August 17, 2015
The Media and Black Lives
We don’t know the full story in the latest police killing of an unarmed African-American — this one in Arlington, Texas — and the summary firing of the white police trainee who fatally shot him.
August 10, 2015
Hearts Still Aflame at Bernie
It’s not enough that Bernard Bailey Kerik, the city’s 40th police commissioner — who later served as interim minister of interior in Iraq and was nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security — spent four years in federal prison for criminal conspiracy and tax fraud, among other charges.
August 3, 2015
Bill Bratton: It's All in the Spin
They say you can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse. That would seem especially true in the high-voltage world of NYPD ethnic sensitivities.
July 27, 2015
Lame Duck Bill
Saying he won’t be sticking around much past the 2017 election, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has issued his declaration of independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio.