Top Cop Out?
Is Howard Safir staying or going? Rumors have been flying at City Hall and One Police Plaza for weeks that the commish is about to tender his resignation.
One insider says theyve been counting down the suspected 60-day deadline till he departs, and "now were at 30 days." City Hall denies the rumors, which hold that Mayor Giuliani will fill Safirs shoes with Corrections Commissioner Bernard Kerik.
"I wouldnt be surprised if the mayor sacrifices
Green Goes Gay
Mark Green appears to be quite the circuit boy these days. Hes been spotted vigorously courting the gay community recently.
First, he was glad-handing at the big gay network mixer at Tavern on the Green. The public advocate donned a tux for the event, his entourage (including his wife) maneuvering between rooms to make as many contacts as possible.
Then a few days later, he lunched with leaders of the Stonewall Dem Club at the Oyster Bar. Green, over fried oysters and New England clam chowder at the Grand Central eatery, met with the current and former presidents.
"Marks outreach in this process could make him
very successful in locking up the gay leadership,"
Rudy Habla Español?
How can you tell that Rudy Giuliani is panicking over his sinking poll numbers which now show that more New Yorkers disapprove of the job hes doing as Mayor than approve?
Hes actually making nice with a large bloc of ethnic voters that hes ignored of late the Citys growing Latino community.
First, in a very uncharacteristic move for the always-unapologetic Mayor, he apologized to Iris Baez albeit six years late whose son was killed in a showdown with cops in 1994. He also allowed a street in the Bronx to be named after the late Anthony Baez.
Then, he started showing uncharacteristic concern for unlicensed cabbies in other words, livery drivers many of whom are Latino. He said the City would spend $5 million subsidizing security cameras and partitions for the livery cabs after a rash of murders of drivers in recent weeks.
And, according to The Post, the buzz is that the reason he stood by the cops in the tragic Patrick Dorismond case which is beginning to look like Rudys Waterloo (in the same way that Yusef Hawkins and Yankel Rosenbaums deaths helped defeat his predecessors Ed Koch and David Dinkins) is because the trigger man was an Hispanic cop.
Whats next: Rudy joining Ricky Martin in a duet of La Vida Loca on the steps of City Hall?
After the O.J. saga, whats the most covered story on network TV in history? Princess Dis death and funeral? JFK Jr.s tragic crash? JonBenet Ramseys mysterious murder?
Its the Elian Gonzalez story, with the three main networks running 261 stories on the tiny Cuban defector from Thanksgiving to April 13, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
It still trails the O.J. Simpson coverage (431 stories), but vaulted ahead of Di (200 stories), JFK Jr. (161 stories) and JonBenet (84 stories).
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