It�s a sin to tell a
lie right? It was a popular song. The nuns told me not to lie in Sunday school.
My mother and father echoed it and emphasized, �tell the truth or else.� So why
is that New York�s self-styled crime-fighter, terror-slammer, and general
standard bearer a liar? Because that�s what makes Rudy Giuliani run, from mayor
For instance on his
website, Rudy claims that he grew New York City�s police force by 12,000
officers between his swearing in as mayor in January 1994 and mid-2000. That�s
a flat out lie. Most of the police he�s counting, 7,100 to a man, were already
working as housing or transit cops. They were simply folded into the New York
Police Department. The merger of departments didn�t increase the NYPD at all,
as reported in Cop-Counting
The writer who
ferreted out the material was Viveca Novack. She points out that the real
increase in the force�s size was about 3,600, or 10 percent, during the time
Giuliani highlights. But Giuliani does not mention that the tab for hiring
3,500 of the officers was partially covered by the federal government, in fact
by Rudy�s anathema, Bill Clinton, whose national agenda contained a policy to
expand police presence in cities.
As passed by Congress
as part of Clinton�s 1994 crime bill, New York City received enough money to
cover the first $25,000 of the salaries of some 3,500 new officers from 1997 to
2000, according to the city�s nonpartisan Independent Budget Office.
Rudy does finally,
officially, include the addition of the housing and transit cops to his NYPD
tally in fiscal 1995. Those make up the nearly 7,100 officers. This number was
vaulted again to 12,000 cops added to the force by a boasting but lying
Giuliani still later. But, lying aside, Rudy�s administrative juggling did not
put any new police on the city�s
streets. Those cops were already patrolling crime-ridden subways and housing
The move may have
helped the NYPD from an efficiency standpoint, supposedly to eventually save
money for the city. But it�s dishonest and misleading to leave the transit and
housings cops out of the count in the first place, and then take a bow for
adding them. The number on his blog actually cites another inflated number,
7,555, � . . . the result of merging the NYPD with Transit and Housing Police
In fact, in Rudy�s FY
1996 Message of the Mayor budget document, just two months before, the housing
and transit police actually had 7,095 officers, excluding civilian workers.
Also, going back to when Rudy took office, the number of police officers he
uses for the NYPD, 28,000, is inaccurate. It would have been true six months
earlier, under Mayor David Dinkins.
But the NYPD numbered
29,450 when Giuliani took the job, according to the FY 1996 Message of the
Mayor. By using the earlier number, Rudy takes credit for 1,450 officers that
former Mayor Dinkins, who had begun a special anti-crime initiative, Safe Streets, Safe City, had added.
More that Dinkins and Koch did
reports . . .
Who really cleaned up
New York? In the early 1990s, former Mayor Dinkins put 6,000 more police
officers on the street.
- The city's murder rate fell by 13.7
percent, robbery fell by 14.6 percent, burglary fell by 17.6 percent, and
auto theft fell by 23.8 percent.
- The city's crime rate dropped in all
seven FBI major-felony categories for the first time in nearly four
- The notorious porn shops and movie houses
along 42nd Street had already been shut down.
- The last graffiti-covered subway car had
been taken off the line in 1989, under Mayor Ed Koch who preceded Dinkins.
Some 9/11 lies from
As Novack reports,
Rudy�s claim that on 9/11 he had a new command center �up and running within
half an hour� is a lie. First, he was forced to evacuate his primary center on
the 23rd floor of Building 7, across the street from the world�s largest
target, the World Trade Center. Locating it there in the first place was
against the repeated advice of Jerry Hauer, NYC�s first emergency management
director, not to mention former Police Chief Howard Safir. No backup site was
chosen or created at the time.
Furthermore, Rudy did
more truth-twisting in his 2002 book, Leadership,
when he said that �we arrived about noon� [on 9/11] at the backup site. In
fact, it was two-and-a-half hours after the evacuation. And where was he/�we�
in between, scrambling like rats for a new ship to board, while firemen,
policemen, first responders, and innocent citizens were dying for want of a
Central Command Center.
Along these lines,
Novack reports that even the 9/11 Commission of Omission raised the issue of
misplacing the OEM headquarters at Building 7, next to a major �terrorist
target,� the WTC.
The 9/11 Commission Report said, �The
[Office of Emergency Management's] headquarters was located at 7 WTC. Some
questioned locating it both so close to a previous terrorist target and on the
23rd floor of a building (difficult to access should elevators become
inoperable). There was no backup site.�
In a September 19
interview on CNN, reporter John King asked Giuliani about this. Rudy�s response
was as follows: �You know how
many buildings in New York are targeted by terrorists? I used to know the list
cold. It wasn't necessarily the only building that was. And in fact, you want
an emergency center sort of in the main area of the city. We also had backup
centers. So if you look at the response, actually, to the September 11, we had
a virtual center, we had our center up and running within a half hour.�
As stated, there was
no backup center. And it took two-and-a-half hours to find and set-up a back-up
command center in the middle of an Apocalypse. So he�s flat-out lying.
More criminal lies
Rudy spews more lies in his bid for the presidential
nomination. He talks a lot about cutting taxes, one of the main chapters from
the Republican bible, when in fact he has inflated [lied about] his number of
cuts during his watch as mayor.
In August, he lied
that he spent as much time at Ground Zero and exposed himself to the same
health-destroying risks as the workers who actually sifted through he rubble.
He appears to be in perfectly good health these days, while some 9,000 Ground
Zero workers have put forth a class action lawsuit against NYC for
health-and-life-threatening conditions and injuries sustained in the pit.
These injuries are
being assessed at more than a billion dollars. Under consideration is creating
something like the Victim�s Compensation Fund, where some settlement can be
made with each victim. Unfortunately, these health costs will be ongoing and
hard to put a fixed number on, as was and is being done with the families of
victims who perished on 9/11.
And so, we draw the
curtain of Giuliani lies for now to give you time to digest these. Trust that
more will be forthcoming, including the latest from the New York Times, Giuliani
Sells New York as Town He Tamed. Read it and laugh, cry, or ball it up and
throw at the wall. In any case, a more fitting verb than �Tamed� would be
Jerry Mazza is a freelance wrier living in New York.
Reach him at email@example.com.