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NYC Comptroller in Flap Over Detective-Chauffeurs

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Scott Stringer, New York City's comptroller. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 02:27 PM

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is in a flap with the New York Police Department over whether he "fired" four NYPD officers who acted as his chauffeurs, or whether the detectives, fed up with Stringer's demands and attitude, asked to be transferred off his security detail.

The situation has political scandal potential because sources revealed to the Post that detectives had been driving Stringer's wife around at Stringer's request.

The New York Post initially reported that Stringer had dumped two of the detectives because they were late picking him up for an appointment and later, failed to notice when he left a function and walked home. Stringer is notoriously prompt and, most of the time, early for events, the Post reported.

Two other members of the four-man security detail were removed by Stringer, the Post said, when they complained about how their colleagues had been treated, leaving just two of his six-man security detail left.

However, in a different version of events unearthed by the Post, sources said the police asked to be transferred because, "They got fed up with his bad treatment of them and asked their supervisor for a transfer."

Particularly galling to the cops, the Post reported, was that they often had to provide rides for Stringer's wife, Elyse Buxbaum, although Stringer usually would ride along to give the trips a legitimately official appearance.

"He's a very astute politician," a source told the Post. "For added cover, he would sometimes put things on his public schedule around the time she was being driven around."

At 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22, sources told the Post, Stringer berated them because he said they were late picking his wife up, while police believed they were not supposed to pick up Stringer until 11:15 a.m. for a meeting.

"He calls and says, 'Where are you guys? It's raining and my wife needs to go to work!'

"He's very pissed off," the source told the Post. "The detectives are baffled because he never notified them of this change of plans."

They drove Stringer and his wife to the Jewish Museum, where she works, and took Stringer back home, later picking him up for his 11:15 meeting in the Bronx.

Later that night, the Post says, the cops drove Stringer to the Amber bar on the Upper West Side and waited for him to emerge. He slipped out and walked home, leaving the cops waiting until 12:30 a.m. before they were told he was safely at home.

The next day, sources told the paper, the detectives asked for a transfer.

Stringer's spokesman, Eric Sumberg, told the Post, "This story is false and a complete fabrication."

The comptroller's office told the Post, "As a matter of protocol, we do not respond to inquiries regarding security matters."

However, Michael Palladino, head of the police detectives' union, told the Post, "For security details to operate successfully, a level of trust must exist between the detectives and the elected official. It was not the detectives who breached that trust."

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New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is having a tiff with the NYPD over whether he "fired" four officers who acted as his chauffeurs, or whether the detectives, fed up with Stringer's demands, asked to be transferred off his security detail.
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