NEW YORK: The Mayor & the Commissioner

In a town where politicians bow like willow trees before racial and religious breezes, New York City's Police Commissioner Stephen Patrick Kennedy is an up-from-the-pavement cop (he likes the word) with a concrete sense of duty. A routine proposal that every Jewish police officer on the force ought to be excused from duty on the Jewish High Holy Days last week seemed to Commissioner Kennedy scarcely worth considering. He had already ordered every one of the 24,000 cops in the city, except those on vacation, to stand emergency duty during all the hubbub of international visitors to the U.N....

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