"It’s a near infallible rule of politics that politicians get the press secretary they want. If Ray Kelly had not come to view himself as a warrior king, bridling at challenges to his writ, Mr. Browne might have been a better spokesman. And the Police Department, which can brag about genuine accomplishments, might not face an inspector general and lawsuits about spying."
"You can’t just be out there and spit at the mayor. It’s not going to work."
— former Comptroller and Congresswoman Liz Holtzman on the powers and responsibilities of the city’s chief financial officer.