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Adams Family Values: Brief Relief for Banks

Posted 1/19/22

When Mayor Adams quietly named his brother Bernard a Deputy Police Commissioner Jan. 7, the thought occurred that this was an attempt to keep his equally new Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Philip Banks III, out of trouble.

One of the peculiar highlights of the corruption trial three years ago of former NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant and businessman Jeremy Reichberg was a video in which the latter gentleman and his then-partner Jona Rechnitz—who was testifying for the prosecution to shorten his own prison sentence—drove into the Police Department's private garage and parked in a spot reserved for Mr. Banks, who was then the Chief of Department.

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