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Louis Gervasio was a New York State Police Trooper from 1953 to 1956.  He then joined the New York Police Department in 1956.  He retired in 1978 at the rank of Lieutenant.  Additionally, he served in the United States Army from 1951 through 1953.

According to the book description of Louis Gervasio’s book, Not In My Memo Book, “is a compilation of over 50 humorous short stories about the New York City Police from 1956 through 1978. It includes a few about the NY State Police prior to 1956. The title evolves from the memo books the New York City Police were mandated to carry to enter their assignments and any incidents. Many police actions involved "unorthodox methods" used by police officers when dealing with the public, boredom, the elements or merely because of their sense of humor.

Therefore, as you read their stories the author depicts the different areas, customs and police procedures used during the era. Also, as you read on you will find yourself walking side by side with the cop on beat, hopefully getting to know their lighter side. It has been said on many occasions that a cop has a front row seat to the greatest show on earth. The main theme is humor - let the news media talk about the serious issues.”


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From the History of the New York City Police Department 

The foundation stone of the City Hall was laid on September 26th, 1803, during the mayoralty of Edward Livingstone. It was finished in 1812, at an expense of half a million dollars.

The building is of a square form, two stories in height, besides a basement story. It has a wing at each end, projecting from the front, and in the centre the roof is elevated to form an attic story. The whole length of the building is two hundred and sixteen feet, the breadth one hundred and five feet, and the height fifty-one feet. Including the attic story, it is sixty-five feet in height. The front and both ends, above the basement story, are built of native while marble, from Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and the rest of the building is constructed of brown freestone. The roof is covered with copper, and there is balustrade of marble entirely around the top. Rising from the middle of the roof is a cupola, on which is placed a colossal figure of Justice, holding in her right hand which rests on her forehead, a balance; and in her left, a sword pointing to the ground. The first story, including the portico, is of the Ionic, the second of the Corinthian, the attic of the Fancy, and the cupola of the composite order. The first design was that the whole should be built of marble, but marble was high, the city fathers were economical, and it was desirable to make a saving. On that account, and it being maintained that the population would never, to any extent, settle above Chambers Street, and therefore, as the rear of the hall would not come into public view, it was concluded to build this portion of the edifice with red freestone. This accounts of the difference between the front and rear. What a commentary on the phenomenal growth of the city.

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