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    If “The Odd Couple” was filmed today and focused on policing, it might star Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton. We all know that Bill Bratton succeeded Ray Kelly twice as police commissioner. Both men delivered laudable results by every objective measure, despite working for four different mayors between them and leading the NYPD at very different times. It’s no secret that both men seem to not only have very different personalities and leadership styles but also very different philosophies in terms... (Read More)
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    During the dog days of summer in August of 1991, violent protests erupted in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, the result of long-simmering tensions between the neighborhood’s Jewish and black communities. The riots stemmed from a car crash in which a Jewish driver in a rabbi’s motorcade struck and killed a 7-year old Guayanese boy. The resulting chaos garnered widespread media attention, and the NYPD – and, by extension, then-Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first black mayor – were... (Read More)
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    New Yorkers like their mayors (even unpopular ones) to hang around. The thinking goes that in a city that never sleeps, its leader shouldn’t either. But one of the worst possible scenarios for a sitting mayor is to be out of town during a time of crisis. There seems to be a bit of consternation at the fact that, after his current New England vacation, Bill de Blasio will have been out of town for nearly an entire month between July 15 and Aug. 31 (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal’s Josh... (Read More)
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    It’s been over a week, but bochinche-loving insiders are still buzzing about Bill Bratton's sudden announced departure from the NYPD. Frankly, I don’t get what all the fuss and bochinche is about. Over a year ago – on July 23, 2015 to be exact – Commissioner Bratton announced it first to City & State at a Newsmakers breakfast forum: “I will not be commissioner for six and a half years. That’s the reality. I’ll be 75 years old by that time,” Bratton told City & State President and CEO Tom... (Read More)
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    When an organization that builds things goes bankrupt, you learn to live without those things. But what do you do when an organization that builds people goes bankrupt? When FEGS – one of the largest, well-respected social services agency in the city – imploded, sending shockwaves through the New York nonprofit community, there were many vulnerable individuals whose services hung in the balance. Alice Tisch joined the board of trustees of The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in... (Read More)
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