Well, just when it seemed that the soap opera that has been masquerading as a Senate campaign couldnt get more bizarre, comes revelations late last week that the Mayor has a new "very good friend," in his own words.
Judith Nathan, a 45-year-old Upper East Side divorcee, who until
she met 56-year-old Rudy, lived with a 36-year-old man for four years, has been
outed by the tabloids almost a year after pundits and other pols have been whispering that
Why the dailies felt comfortable now revealing Rudys not-so-new gal pal is something well leave to the media analysts (Steve Brill, where are you when we really need you?).
But we thought that a little trip down memory lane of Rudys past
wives and gal pals might shed
First, back in the 70s, when City Hall was still a glimmer in Rudys eyes, he married a woman named Regina Perrugi. The brief marriage, however, didnt succeed, and when it came time to end the union, the Catholic couple discovered alas! that they were actually cousins. This convenient fact allowed the ambitious attorney to bypass a forbidden divorce and instead receive a rare annulment based on the "newly discovered" familial link.
Since then, Peruggi, a successful head of the Upper East Sides Marymount College, has shunned the public eye and has never spoken of her brief marriage to Rudy.
A few years later, Rudy met journalist Donna Hanover and their whirlwind romance led to marriage and the eventual birth of their two children, Andrew and Caroline, now 14 and 10, who attend Manhattan parochial schools.
But during Rudys six-year tenure as Mayor, the first five years were clouded by rumors and innuendo about his close and constant relationship with his top communications aide, Cristyne Lategano. Those rumors reached a crescendo a few summers back when Vanity Fair first published a piece that suggested what everyone in town was talking about the Mayors "friendship" with Lategano was perhaps the reason behind the chilly winds that began blowing in his marriage (Donna stopped wearing her wedding ring, dropped Giuliani from her name and rarely appeared with Rudy at public events).
But last year, Lategano moved on, left City Hall, married a golf writer who appeared to have two first names (Nicholas Nicholas) and quietly drifted out of Giulianis life.
There was even talk back then of a rapproachment between Rudy and Donna the tabs reported that the couple showed up to an evening dinner dance together and even danced cheek to cheek.
But, alas, of late, with the Mayors health scare, Donna was once again visible only in prepared statements and with her announcement of an impending appearance in the controversial "Vagina Monologues," it appeared that the Mayors curious and dysfunctional marriage was now a match for the First Couples.
And you thought "All My Children" was unbelievable.Training Cops
City Transit cops are railing at conditions theyre being forced to face on the job.
Insiders tell NYConfidential that efforts by supervisors to conduct routine spot checks on uniformed and plainclothes cops who ride the rails are being stymied by the departments refusal to issue the bosses NYPD vehicles.
Supervisors are sent into the subway system to check on the cops. In one Queens Division, that means the bosses have to travel from Jamaica to Astoria, which the sources claim can take a good part of the day, leaving little time for the bosses to address conditions reported by patrol cops.
Forget about the cop who needs assistance or a boss at the site of an arrest. The cop must wait for a supervisor to arrive by subway who may have to travel from the other end of the line. All of which, of course, depends on the cops ability to reach a supervisor on NYPD-issued radios that often fail to work underground.
Transit cops have complained for years about radios that fade-out along the system. NYPD brass responded by issuing cellphones to some of the cops, "for emergency use." Of course, the phones dont always work underground either, putting both the cops and straphangers in potential danger.Help Wanted
Dont know how these jobs were advertised in the past, but now, if you want to work for the Supreme Court, just log on to their new website and hit Career Opportunities. Deadlines for the first online offer ever made by the high court is May 15, so hurry! Here, briefly, is what theyre looking for:
POSITION: Administrative Assistant to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Statutory Position reports to the Chief Justice and assists him in his nonadjud-icatory responsibilities. Primary duties include role of senior court manager, assisting Chief Justice in the internal management of the Supreme Court... Serves as the Chief Justices liaison with the Executive Branch, Congress, and other State and private organizations. The salary is up to "Executive Level III," which is $130,200. Want to find out more? Well, give them a call at 202-479-3404.
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