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July – December 1999

December 13, 1999
Diallo judge clears panel
With no fanfare, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Patricia Anne Williams sailed through the mayor's judicial panel last month, Newsday has learned.

December 6, 1999
Too private for public
A bolt of lightning apparently struck Police Commissioner Howard Safir Thursday, causing him to realize nobody believed a word he said. Crime has been plummeting for the past three years, yet Newfield of the Post the paper most identified with the police was calling him the worst commissioner of the century.

November 29, 1999
Often bounced, he bounces
Chief Mike Scagnelli, lying low these days in a back room deep inside the chief of detectives' office, has almost as many lives as a cat. We bring you four of them.

November 22, 1999
Is Safir looking for private gig?
Is Police Commissioner Howard Safir looking to bail out of the NYPD? That's the buzz among the tight-lipped world of top police brass and private security people-specifically that Safir is talking to the beleaguered security firm of Kroll Associates.

November 15, 1999
A comeback for Bratton?
The hourglass is running out on Rudolph Giuliani's mayoralty, and the future is his worst nightmare.

November 8, 1999
Safir avoids responsibility
Police Commissioner Howard Safir's latest harebrained scheme-sending free MetroCards to murderers, rapists and other felons so that cops could arrest them as they entered the subway-doesn't make him the worst commissioner of the century, as a Post columnist recently described him.

November 1, 1999
Molinari’s clout’s pull
Former police Lt. Patricia Feerick's release from prison last week was brought about less by Gov. George Pataki, who commuted her sentence, than by Guy Molinari.

October 25, 1999
Father, son in tangled web
Wonder why cops don't trust the feds? Take the case of ex-detective John Wrynn, who resigned earlier this year amidst allegations he had leaked confidential information to mob pals and that his father, Inspector James Wrynn, of the Internal Affairs Bureau, had covered up for him.

October 18, 1999
Leafing through Maple’s musings
Jack Maple, the transit police's ugly duckling who under former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was turned into a swan, came out last week as an author.

October 11, 1999
Media’s got cops’ (scape)goat
Murders in New York City are up 10 percent from last year, and according to the police department's Deputy Commissioner for Operations Ed Norris, the media is to blame.

October 4, 1999
Artful financing for cop museum
While Mayor Rudolph Giuliani threatens to cut city funds to the Brooklyn Museum, he is promising $1 million to the Police Museum - although the museum has failed to raise the $4 million the mayor said was necessary to obtain city money.

September 27, 1999
Teaming with Bratton buddies
Chief of Department Louis Anemone retired unexpectedly in June as the city's top uniformed cop. He had no job or plans, a rarity for outgoing top brass. His only public explanation was that he was burned out after 32 years. Insiders said he was burned up at Police Commissioner Howard Safir, whose usefulness to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani waxed as Louie's waned.

September 20, 1999
A slow-going probe of Safir
It has been six months now since Oscar Howard-also known as Police Commissioner Safir-was flown to Hollywood with his wife, Carol, on a Revlon corporate jet by the company's chief executive, George Fellows.

September 13, 1999
These questions go unanswered
To complete Our Life of Police Commissioner Howard Safir, from the depths of Anne Arundel County, Md.'s district court and the lawsuit filed against him by writer Dan Moldea, we take you to the last page of Safir's deposition and the four questions he refused to answer.

August 30, 1999
Inner workings of a crimefighter
By popular request, we return to Anne Arundel County Maryland's District Court to bring you the best of Police Commissioner Howard Safir, by Howard Safir.

August 23, 1999
Drama unfolds in department lawsuit
We now bring you NYPD Staten Island Blue, a drama of sex, intrigue and treachery. The names are true, and the events are alleged in a federal lawsuit filed this month by Sandra Marsh, former Deputy Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunity.

August 16, 1999
Trying to solve this mystery
The mayoral panel that serves as Rudy Giuliani's answer to an outside police corruption monitor agreed last week to your humble servant's request to investigate the mystery of ex-cop Jay Creditor.

August 2, 1999
So, who’s the winner here?
Who are we to believe about the agreement last week between the local press and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani purporting to make crime scenes, fires, parades and demonstrations more accessible to the media?

July 26, 1999
Newspaper head ducks out of suit
When last heard from, that great defender of freedom of the press Mort Zuckerman had just blindsided his fellow newspaper execs at the Times, Newsday and the Associated Press by sneaking down to City Hall and informing Mayor Rudolph Giuliani he was abandoning plans to file a federal lawsuit against the city.

July 19, 1999
It’s Giuliani’s way, or no way
For reasons known only to him and his maker, Zachary Carter believed he could negotiate secretly with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to resolve the Police Department's brutality issue.

July 12, 1999
A skillful play of a race
In a trial with racial overtones involving white off-duty cop Michael Meyer shooting an unarmed black squeegee man, no one played the race card more skillfully than Meyer's white attorney, Murray Richman. His play: bringing in an ace black co-counsel, Anthony Ricco.

July 6, 1999
A new friend’s generous gift
The Revlon executive who paid for Howard Safir and his wife, Carol, to go to the Oscars in California met the police commissioner for the first time last year, says Revlon spokesman Howard Rubenstein.

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