Chief Philip Banks for police commisioner

Lloyd Williams | 10/24/2013, 5:43 p.m.

Philip Banks III is well widely respected within and throughout the ranks of law enforcement citywide, regionally and nationally. But of even greater importance is that he is respected on the streets of the South Bronx, South Jamaica, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem, as well as on Wall Street and in Times Square.

Banks is truly an appointment that is well deserved and would unquestionably be well received as a message for the future, coming from the new mayor-elect.

We, therefore, encourage those in contact with both of the prime mayoral candidates to pass the word that 2014 is indeed the time for Banks. If Banks is selected, New York City will be much the better for it.

If for any reason Banks is not available, we believe that former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton is another strong candidate for the new mayor-elect to consider. Bratton did an excellent job of working with all communities when he was commissioner and was open to new and creative thinking.

The next article will focus on appointment recommendations to the mayor-elect for the Department of Education, New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development.

We would appreciate receiving your comments and recommendations.

On behalf of a committee of the concerned,

Lloyd Williams

President and CEO

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce