New York - Retired FBI Agent Fondly Recalls Tense Meeting With Koch
New York - Upon hearing the news of Ed Koch’s death Friday morning, retired FBI agent, Joe Perischini, told the Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/12khLgf) about a tense, but memorable meeting with the former mayor in the 1980s.
Working as a street-agent assigned to a prosecution team investigating NYC’s legendary Parking Violations Bureau scandal in 1986, Perischini said speculation pointing to the possibility of the mayor being involved in the scandal became so rampant that a decision was made to request an interview with the mayor—and to everyone’s surprise, Mayor Koch agreed.
Perischini recalled his ‘cordial’ introduction to the mayor, after which he and another agent were seated across from Koch in the mayor’s office. But that, according to Perischini, was where the pleasantries ended.
Within minutes Koch determined the line of their questioning. Koch became agitated, boisterous, and defiant—-pounding his desk, while staring down Perischini and his fellow agent, peppering them with blunt retorts and profanities. At one point, Perischini recalled, the mayor turned the tables, challenging the agents to come with more if they had it.
Perischini referred Koch’s overall response to speculation of his involvement in the scandal as an unqualified “New York No,” and he recalled shaking his head in disbelief as to what he had just witnessed upon leaving.
Looking back, Perischini had kind thoughts for the mayor today and said he was a good public servant.
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