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“We have lights out at 11—did I miss anything in the last 15 minutes of the Democratic debate?” Fausto “Fuzzy” Mamori asked me when I visited him the morning after at the kinder, gentler Feder…

There was no picket line New Year’s Eve outside the West 23rd St. New York corporate offices of Charter/Spectrum, comprised by electricians from Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Ele…

The year began with a former Mayor running for President, moved into spring with him gone from the race but the incumbent Mayor joining the Democratic primary trail, and wound down with the in…

Early on Christmas morning 10 years ago, Jim Tucciarelli got an anonymous phone call informing him that then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to go to the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant i…

Four months ago, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a report finding that former FBI Director James Comey violated Justice Department policies and those of the bureau…

In August 2013, a month after he announced the creation of a Moreland Commission to investigate corruption in state government, Andrew Cuomo said it was authorized to pursue wrongdoing whereve…

Feeling depressed about impeachment hearings that began with a senior diplomat quoting the American Ambassador to the European Union explaining President Trump’s willingness to break the law b…

In a less-controversial universe, Police Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to fire Daniel Pantaleo wouldn’t still be reverberating and have played a role in his choosing to step down at th…

My first substantive conversation with Jimmy Boyle came shortly after Labor Day 35 years ago at a point when most city union leaders were just brushing the summer sand off their vacation cloth…

In the wake of testimony by William Taylor, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, to House investigators Oct. 22 that amounted to a gut-shot to President Trump’s insistence that he had not made U.S.…

When Frank Gribbon was asked in the summer of 2000 whether he’d be interested in becoming the chief spokesman for the Fire Department, a move that would raise his salary about $30,000 and move…

“It’s sad,” my Aunt Frances said from the rehab facility in Holmdel, N.J. where she had been taken after breaking her femur a few days earlier when she reached up for a bowl of cereal and woke…

In considering the Rudy Giuliani of today, it’s worth remembering that he once referred to a Republican presidential candidate as “an incompetent, confused and sometimes idiotic man.”

The early-afternoon statement from Staten Island Congressman Max Rose Sept. 24 began like his standard explanation for not supporting the impeachment of President Trump: “The American people a…

Where doubts about Joe Biden hinge on whether he’s got it in him to run a credible campaign and then vanquish President Trump in November 2020, anyone who’s been paying attention to Elizabeth …

“The Mayor’s killin’ me!” were the first words out of Fausto “Fuzzy” Mamori’s mouth when I entered the visiting room of one of America’s finest penal institutions, or as he calls it, “Yaddo fo…

James Comey helped make Donald Trump’s election possible when the then-FBI Director let a pledge he had made to congressional Republicans regarding his investigation of Hillary Clinton overwhe…