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NYC mayoral aide Timothy Pearson sued by second retired sergeant over sex harassment controversy

Graham Rayman, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Top New York City mayoral aide Timothy Pearson is facing a new lawsuit linked to his alleged sexual harassment of retired Sgt. Roxanne Ludemann that includes allegations of a curious remark about the aborted construction of a migrant shelter.

Retired Sgt. Michael Ferrari alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court that after he backed Ludemann’s claims against Pearson and put in for a transfer, Pearson convinced NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey to demote him to patrol.

The lawsuit also includes reference to a comment Pearson allegedly made to two cops in his office behind police headquarters.

Soon after a storm forced the city to move a migrant shelter out of Orchard Beach in October 2022, Pearson told Sgt. Ferrari and Lt. George Huang he was mad the shelter was scrapped after the contractors were already paid, the lawsuit alleges.

“Do you know how these contracts work?” Pearson said, the suit alleges. “People are doing very well on these contracts. I have to get mine. Where are my crumbs?”

From then on, the lawsuit claims, Pearson was known in the office as “Crumbs” behind his back.


The move to patrol, which effectively ended Ferrari’s police career after just 16 years, cost him $2 million in lost salary and pension earnings, the suit claims. After the move, he decided to retire.

“I had no intention of retiring before 20 years, but after Chief Marmara was removed for standing up for my co-worker, I was not going to stay,” said Ferrari, a Duke University grad from Long Island. “At the whim of Tim Pearson, all of our careers were turned upside down.”

Ferrari, Ludemann and Huang had followed Deputy Chief Miltiadis Marmara to the mayor’s Municipal Services Assessment unit created in June 2022 to inspect city agencies.

The lawsuit underscores the apparent power that Pearson, a retired police inspector employed by the city Economic Development Corp., holds, the lawyer for the plaintiff said.


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