Joe Lhota Learning Slowly Not to Call Police ‘Mall Cops’ If He Wants to Be Mayor

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota testifies during a Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing on "Superstorm Sandy: The Devastating Impact on the Nation's Largest Transportation Systems." December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. The heads of New York and New Jersey's mass transit systems testified before the subcommittee about the need for more federal dollars for Superstorm Sandy recovery.WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06:   Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota testifies during a Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing on "Superstorm Sandy: The Devastating Impact on the Nation's Largest Transportation Systems." December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. The heads of New York and New Jersey's mass transit systems testified before the subcommittee about the need for more federal dollars for Superstorm Sandy recovery.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Tough guy former MTA chief and current Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota scoffed at Port Authority law enforcement in public last night, declaring that the agency doesn't do "a good enough job in anything they do, particularly in the area of security," and declaring, presciently, "I know I'm going to get in trouble for saying this, but they're nothing more than mall cops." Police unions, an influential voting bloc, were not pleased, and Lhota apologized, but only after getting burned: "I have guys dangling off the George Washington Bridge ... I have guys down in the Path train chasing armed robbers — and catching them," said the union head. "I don't know what kind of malls Joe hangs out at."