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We talked to PBA President Pat Lynch about a number of issues this week. Frankly Lynch is starting to look like a polished official with a future in political office, Mayor of NYC.
Here in part two, Just Click Here Lynch takes on police officer morale, police community relations, the NYPD response to terrorism, and anger over the recent arbitration contract battle.
It's worth taking a look at, seeing Lynch from a different perspective.
The ratings were hugely down…
The day after the debate…Donald Trump was taking a victory lap.
The NY Times summed it up best…on Trump.
“Mr. Trump was mentioned repeatedly in the opening moments, mostly in a mocking way. But without him, there was a significant difference in energy. It was a bit like a television series in which a major character disappears midseason, said to be off on a business trip, as the actor playing that character films a movie or deals with a health crisis. The show goes on, but it doesn’t feel the same.” NY Times
A sad, sad day for the country, the Funeral of Sgt. Joseph Lemm. One of the six Americans killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan four days before Christmas. His wife Christine and kids,left behind. (4 year old Ryan who saluted his father's flag draped coffin and 17 year old Brook) I reported live from the funeral of this hero at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Former Senator Al D'Amato testified for the Prosecution Friday in the Bribery/Extortion Case against Dean Skelos and his son Adam. Here is the story we did.
D'Amato may have been the "final nail" against his long-time friend Skelos.
D'Amato said to the Jury that he tried to warn Skelos his son was a no-show at work, (Company PRI) but that Skelos would not listen. Here is a story on Skelos and Silver Conviction.
It's a Horrible way to treat 9/11 First Responders.
I discuss all the shenanigans regarding the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act with NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
It’s been more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks, but people are still dying.
Temporary bills would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program — but only by five years and at funding levels far below what’s needed.
At the first Democratic debate last night, it was a solid performance for Hillary Clinton.
She rejected the charge of political expediency when it comes to changing positions.
Clinton at one point said: "I'm a progressive who likes to get things done."
The Democratic front-runner needed to hit the re-set button with voters, and appeared to have achieved that goal.
This is the story of a 37 year old Staten Island Mother, that proves being Homeless can happen to anyone.
She was not involved with drugs, but fell on tough times.
From the Column of widely regarded and respected Columnist Phil Reisman in the Journal News.
Ernie Davis was taking it from all sides at a recent mayoral debate held in a packed conference room at the Wartburg Home in Mount Vernon.
Five rivals were taking turns, trying to take down the 76-year-old Democratic incumbent who runs the eighth largest city in the state of New York and may be facing his “last hurrah” in a Sept. 10 primary.
Donald Trump is dominating the conversation in the Presidential Race. The point I made from day one of his candidacy is relevant now, more than ever. Trump is not someone to ever underestimate, and he is a real contender. Americans view him as a winner, and that can go a long, long way.
Perhaps we should call him “Teflon Don,” as nothing has been able to stick to Trump.
He has tapped into the anti-establishment sentiment; many Americans have had it with Washington.
We recently sat down with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton.
Bratton predicts crime, despite the perception and claims that crime is on the rise, that crime for the year will be close to all time low records.
He also discussed minority recruitment within the department, what is the best part of his job, and then of course, the worst. Bratton talked with Journalist Dominic Carter.