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

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“The common thread in these lawsuits is Pearson is basically a free agent able to pull strings inside the NYPD without any oversight,” said John Scola, the lawyer for both Ferrari and Ludemann.

An NYPD spokesperson said, “We will review the lawsuit if and when we are served.”

“We hold all public servants to the highest standards,” said a City Hall spokesperson. “We will review the lawsuit.”

Ferrari joined the NYPD in 2007 and rose to an elite auto fraud unit before following Marmara to MSA.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Philip Banks oversaw their work at 375 Pearl Street. Banks and Pearson each had corner offices. Pearson often sat in on MSA meetings.

The unit examined police misuse of parking placards, cops loitering on their phones on duty, the state of individual schools and how to make 311 more effective.


Some agencies ignored their requests, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit claims Pearson often boasted about his influence. In one instance, a precinct sergeant objected to Pearson filling his gas tank at a station house pump. Pearson claimed he got the sergeant in trouble.

NYPD Patrol Guide Section 219-11 states only cops and other specifically authorized people can use police pumps. It is unclear whether Pearson had that official authorization.

Toward the end of 2022, Pearson took over MSA. On Dec. 1, 2022, Marmara walked in on Pearson touching Ludemann’s shoulder in a photo copy room, the lawsuit alleges.


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