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July – December 1998

December 28, 1998
Plum jobs dance in Rudy’s head
On the night before Christmas, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani summoned his key advisers to City Hall.

December 26, 1998
'The Mac' was cop tale king
Flat on his back at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Daily News columnist Mike McAlary was telling cop stories until the end.

December 14, 1998
A threat? Says who?
Since barricading City Hall makes no sense to anyone but Rudolph Giuliani, anyone defending the mayor does so at his peril.

December 11, 1998
Safir sworn in in high style
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was apparently so glad to be rid of Bill Bratton as police commissioner that he held a mammoth outdoor swearing-in ceremony for replacement Howard Safir that (except for his son Andrew) rivaled Giuliani's own swearing-in two years ago.

December 7, 1998
Suit targets cop ‘brutality’
The arrest of a woman for holding an open container of beer in public has led to a judge's ruling that the arresting officer beat the woman inside his squad car, then lied about it.

November 30, 1998
Which commish will run in 2001?
Former police commissioner Ray Kelly comes to town again this week, speaking to the Union League Club and to the business group A Better New York.

November 23, 1998
Enhancing their figures?
Last month, the Police Department estimated that "well over 3 1/2 million" people attended the Yankee parade in Lower Manhattan. But where did that figure come from?

November 9, 1998
Tension over Bratton ties
The NYPD has attempted to prevent television reporter Cheryl Fiandaca, ex-wife of former police commissioner Bill Bratton, from attending commissioner Howard Safir's weekly news briefings, two news sources at ABC television told Newsday.

November 6, 1998
Retirement helps wounds
Monday's retirement dinner of Chief Patrick Harnett provided an opportunity to heal some of the Police Department's highest-level tribal feuds.

November 2, 1998
Infiltrating Rudy’s castle
Decided to check up on our old friend Rudy Giuliani, whom we hadn't visited in some time.

October 26, 1998
Rule being used for revenge?
Of all the evils inflicted by Police Commissioner Howard Safir on the New York City Police Department, none is more pernicious than his Policy Statement of Dec. 12, 1996, declaring that absent extraordinary circumstances, "any member of the service found guilty of intentionally making a false statement will be dismissed from the Department."

October 20, 1998
Siegel tackles stereotypes
Every Friday for the past 10 years, Norman Siegel of the New York Civil Liberties Union has taught a class on prejudice and stereotyping at his alma mater, Brooklyn's New Utrecht High. Last Friday, he brought a visitor: Greg Longworth, an attorney for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

October 12, 1998
Court culture gets no respect
"The Bronx? / No thonx!" wrote Ogden Nash.

October 5, 1998
Settlement can’t change the past
The lawsuit filed by Anthony Baez family against the city and police officer Francis X. Livoti was settled last week with the city paying $3 million. But even members of the Baez family don't agree on what the settlement means.

September 28, 1998
Livoti stalling settlement deal
The four-year-long, $48 million lawsuit filed by the family of 28-year-old Anthony Baez against the city and police officer Francis X. Livoti is about to be settled.

September 21, 1998
Big drop in cop applicants
With just five days to go until the filing deadline, only 2,500 applicants have signed up for January's NYPD qualifying exam. That's the lowest number in anyone's memory.

August 31, 1998
Sober thoughts on a relocation
After 25 rent-free years at John Jay College, the Police Department's alcohol counseling unit is to be moved out, and at least one person - the unit's founder, Msgr. Joseph A. Dunne - is not happy about it.

August 24, 1998
Safir’s truth is all his own
Like Bill Clinton, Howard Safir appears to have his own version of the truth.

August 17, 1998
Under the rug, out the door
Even with Det. John Wrynn in disgrace, Police Commissioner Howard Safir cut him a break.

August 10, 1998
Internal Affairs saga continues
It was but a brief colloquy in the police trial room, but it suggested, yet again, how the clique that runs the NYPD's internal disciplinary system is accountable to no one.

August 3, 1998
Sex-case critic being forced out
Three months after a deputy commissioner whacked one of the police department's good old boys in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations - and later refused to modify her remarks - she is being forced out of One Police Plaza, police sources told Newsday.

July 27, 1998
Cop forced to face music
Pity Deputy Insp. Joseph D. McKeever. While he was hanging on as commanding officer of the prostitution-ridden Midtown South Precinct, we can now report it was rock music as much as the prostitution scandal itself that sparked his removal.

July 20, 1998
Fishy doings in DA’s office
More shenanigans from the office of absentee Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes, off tilting at windmills as he runs for governor.

July 6, 1998
Livoti fallout gets second look
The day last month that Francis X. Livoti was convicted in federal court of violating the civil rights of Anthony Baez, a top police official made an extraordinary announcement.

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