New York Post
August 7, 2001


COPS FEAR ELECTION DEJECTION

By ADAM MILLER

It would be a crime to vote for either Mark Green or Fernando Ferrer, say New York's Finest.

Cops - already frustrated by low salaries and a public they believe is increasingly distrustful of them - say it will get only worse if one of these "cop bashers" wins City Hall.

The Post interviewed cops across the city about their views of the mayoral hopefuls. The officers freely shared their views of the race for City Hall, but asked that they not be identified.

"It would be the worst thing for us if our next mayor was either Mark Green or Fernando Ferrer," said a 44-year-old Manhattan sergeant.

"They both have long records of being cop-bashers," the sergeant added, noting he had yet to make up his mind on the contest.

"It would be a disaster. I hope it doesn't happen, because then you'll see a lot more good cops leaving the force."

A 41-year-old cop had a similar view of Green and Ferrer.

"I really can't stand them, especially Green," said the 17-year veteran who lives in Queens.

"It seems like they go out of their way to attack us. They should just give it up already. We work really hard at our jobs."

A 29-year-old female Brooklyn police officer said: "Things right now for us cops are really bad, and it will be worse with Green or Ferrer in office.

"I dread that happening. We need someone who's going to be on our side."

Green, who has been endorsed by former Police Commissioner William Bratton, has been labeled by Mayor Giuliani as anti-cop and criticized for suggesting police brutality is a systemic problem in the NYPD.

Ferrer has been vocal in accusing the police force of racial profiling.

"I don't think you'll find any cops that are fans of Ferrer or Green," said a 38-year-old transit cop.

"They make our job that much harder. "

A few cops voiced lukewarm support for the other two Democrats in the race, Peter Vallone and Alan Hevesi.

Some said they would be influenced by the choice of their union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which has yet to announce its endorsement.

Sources say the powerful union is leaning toward Vallone, but it's not a done deal.

The Republican hopefuls, Michael Bloomberg and Herman Badillo, drew little notice from cops on the street.

"Right now, I'm leaning toward Bloomberg, but that's because the other candidates are worse," a Brooklyn cop said.

"I didn't even know [Badillo] was running."