Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says Rudy Giuliani 'really wanted to be the police commissioner' during New York City mayoralty: book

Then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, right, speaks during a news conference along with then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton February 22, 1995 at New York City Hall.
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Bratton said in a new book ex-NYC Mayor Giuliani "really wants to be a police commissioner."
Writer Andrew Kirtzman documented the former prosecutor's mayoralty in the book Giuliani.
Giuliani, first elected in 1993, pushed Bratton to curb crime in the busy city.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani "really wanted to be a police commissioner" during the ex-mayor's tenure, according to a new book.
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Giuliani — who ran New York City from January 1994 to December 2001 — took over the reins of government at a time when the city retained its status as a center for finance, media, and the arts, but also continued to struggle with high crime rates that exploded in the 1970s and 1980s.
Although Giuliani's predecessor, David Dinkins, hired thousands of new police officers during his tenure, the Republican executive branch championed crime reduction in his successful 1993 mayoral campaign against Dinkins.
And Giuliani, who offered Bratton as the city's top cop, was a key part of his commitment to fighting violent crime, which writer Andrew Kirtzman detailed in his new book, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor.
Bratton's tenure began in January 1994.
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"Nobody in the city government has been more critical to Giuliani's success than the police commissioner," Kirtzman wrote. “Arrests rose 25 percent in the first two years of government and homicides plummeted nearly 40 percent, a far greater drop than most other cities with the end of the crack epidemic. The streets became safer: the number of gunshot victims in the city fell by 35 percent."
He continued: “Giuliani watched with a wary eye as the media credited his commissioner for the remarkable turnaround. The mayor worked practically around the clock; he showed up at every major fire, every major crime scene, every burst water pipe, every indication of an emergency."
Over time, Bratton's poll ratings have surpassed Giuliani's, and his press coverage has been more positive than that of the hard-bitten ex-US attorney. Giuliani then attempted to control more of Bratton's schedule while also attempting to approve the commissioner's appointments and internal promotions.
"The mayor really wanted to be a police commissioner," Bratton said in the book. "Denny Young [the mayor's attorney] and Peter Powers confirmed that he was the police commissioner and I was the first deputy."
"Anyone who was on an enemy list had to sort everything through him," Bratton added.
Bratton said he was surprised when Giuliani's mayoral deputies told him not to attend an event with then-President Bill Clinton at a Brooklyn police station in 1994.
"You snubbed the President of the United States over a match," Bratton said in the book.
Bratton finally left his position in April 1996 after appearing on the cover of Time magazine earlier that year, an act that according to The New York Times soured the relationship between the police commissioner and Giuliani.
"An Excellent Police Commissioner"
Bill Bratton, left, speaks during a news conference with New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio December 5, 2013. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Bratton would eventually serve a second term as New York City Police Commissioner.
From January 2014 to September 2016, Bratton headed the department under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In a 2015 interview with journalist Geraldo Rivera, Giuliani praised Bratton's final tenure, calling him "an outstanding police commissioner."
Giuliani, who was a frequent critic of de Blasio's mayoralty, said Bratton was "about the best we've gotten," noting the then-mayor's shaky relationship with the city's powerful police unions.
In a 2018 interview with CNBC, Bratton said he "regretted" the end of his term during Giuliani's first term as mayor.
"I regretted that, I still regret it," Bratton said at the time. "The mistake I made with the mayor was that when I used the term, I didn't 'stay in his spotlight' — I didn't stay close enough to him and his vision."
Bratton also served as the Boston Police Commissioner from June 1993 to January 1994 and the Los Angeles Police Commissioner from October 2002 to October 2009.
During a conversation with New York Times opinion columnist Maureen Dowd last year, Bratton noted that as one of former President Donald Trump's most ardent allies, Giuliani "made a caricature of himself."
"As someone with a big ego, I can't understand how he allowed himself to be subsumed by Trump when I'm talking about another guy with a big ego," Bratton said.
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William Braton
American police officer
Rudy Giuliani
Former Mayor of New York City
David Dinkins
Former Mayor of New York City (1927-2020)

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