Five most recent columns
October 24, 2016
O’Neill's Peril: Trusting De Blasio
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.
October 17, 2016
The Real 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?
October 10, 2016
The Good Cop
“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.”
October 3, 2016
The Harvard Club Defense
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.
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.