Vallone on NYPD Surveillance: Barron Needs Watching

On the still-hot topic of the NYPD’s undercover surveillance leading up to the Republican National Convention in 2004, I’ got a couple of starkly different reactions from members of the City Council.

Charles Barron, who was one of three current or former Council members named in the police report, was outraged to have been the target of a spy operation. But Peter Vallone, Jr. told me, essentially, that he had it coming, saying that “any group Charles Barron is associated with” probably should be monitored.

— Azi Paybarah