Pat Lynch

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Politics of the NYPD's Standoff With City Hall

Friday, January 09, 2015

What does the NYPD want from their standoff with the mayor? We put the current police protests in a national and historical context.

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Council Brings Garner Protests To City Hall

Monday, December 08, 2014

Chants of "I can't breathe" reverberated through City Hall on Monday after people across the city began protesting the grand jury decision.

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De Blasio Defends Top Aide Despite Relationship With NYPD Critic

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio brushed off questions about the future of Rachel Noerdlinger on Friday.

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Police Union Rolls Out Ad Blitz Defending Cops After Tix-Fixing Scandal

Friday, April 06, 2012

Police union leaders, who have accused the NYPD of penalizing officers whose tickets turn into acquittals at traffic court, are now waging a media campaign to drum up public support against such disciplinary tactics.

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The Critics and Necessary Allies on Cuomo's Transition Team

Monday, November 15, 2010


On Sunday, governor-elect Andrew Cuomo announced the latest round of members to his transition committee, the advisory panel that will help decide whom Cuomo brings into his administration as he seeks to "clean up" one of the country's most dysfunctional state capitals.

The headline from the weekend's announcement was the inclusion of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on one of those transition committees. Kennedy is known as much for his work on environmental issues as he is for hailing from one of the most celebrated political families in American history. More importunely, he is also the brother of Cuomo's ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, with whom the Governor-elect has three daughters. In 2003, the couple had a particularly nasty divorce, with accusations of her infidelity splashed across tabloid pages for weeks.

The presence of Kennedy's name on the transition committee, carries a powerful, and unmistakeable message: Cuomo is suppressing whatever old and personal feuds may exist in order to find the most talented personnel.

But transition committees have, in the past, proven ideal opportunities for presenting politically optimal visuals, while not always demonstrating deep or insightful decision-making.

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