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Council Makes Mountains Out of Monuments

When Robert Moses died in 1981, I was stunned reading the New York Times obituary that detailed the parks, highways, bridges and tunnels and other structures for which the man long known as The …

The Long Lost Weekend Of de Blasio's Mayoralty

Bill de Blasio has never been known for burning the midnight oil on weekends, particularly three-day ones, and so it was something of a surprise that late on the morning of Oct. 9 his public schedule …

A Cautionary Tale To Curtail FDNY Racism

This was this reaction from a veteran firefighter who's a liberal to the New York Times article detailing racism in the Fire Department, including the mocking of George Floyd's death: "Absolutely …

Mayor the One Constant Amid Jail-System Tumult

It was a City Council hearing featuring familiar arguments about mentally ill inmates in the jail system.  The president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association testified that his …

City Bum-Raps COBA  For COs' Absences

Whoever coined the phrase "You can never be too rich or too thin" was only half right when it comes to the de Blasio administration's lawsuit accusing the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association …

Where Did the Unity Go? Lamenting a Lost Spirit

In the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, both elected officials and a police-union leader spoke wistfully of the silver lining that emerged from the devastation of the World Trade …

The Back Pages of 9/11: A Tale of 3 Firefighters

It was a gorgeous second Tuesday in September as I started the day with less urgency than usual about getting into the office because I was going to be spending the evening covering the Democratic …

Fuzzy an Isle of Stability In Upside-Down World

"What a dispiriting debacle!" Fausto "Fuzzy" Mamori shouted through the phone line the moment I agreed to reverse the charges on his phone call. He was speaking from a Federal facility that if …

Cuomo Departs in a Guy Way, Not in a Shy Way

A few of our stories and columns are now in front of the paywall. We at The Chief-Leader remain committed to independent reporting on labor and civil service. It's been our mission since 1897. You …

Out-of-Their-Mind Policy At Out-of-Sight Agency

About an hour into the rally by jail-officer unions just outside the Hazen Street Bridge to Rikers Island Aug. 16, Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Benny Boscio accused the de …

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