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Ralph E. Smith
NYC Correction Guardian Association Public Relations Director
March 2, 2010
Days after I saved a man's life on the West Side Highway
by pulling him out of his SUV November 21, 2006 seconds before his car blew up,
I was called a Hero Correction Officer.
Days later I went to renew my press pass
for my work as a reporter and was told I couldn't renew it by the NYPD.
After years of Service to the NYCD, I was told by the NYCD
that I should not have a press pass?
It was time to fight for my rights!!
This Lawsuit has opened up a door for a new wave of Online 21st century journalists.
I am very proud to be represented by our Legal Team and proud of my fellow journalist:
Mr. Rafael Martínez Alequin, and Mr. David Wallis,
Norman Siegel and Legal Team Win
Press ID Case & New York City Settles
With The Plaintiffs
David Wallis, Rafael Martinez
and Ralph E. Smith
Ralph E. Smith: It's Been A Long Fight! I Stayed In The Legal Ring and Won!
"I am very blessed to have Mr. Norman Siegal as the Captain of my Legal "A" Team. At the end of
this legal battle and journey, the New York City Department of Correction was wrong to tell me I could not continue to be the Departmental Photographer because I have a Press Pass and also work as a Reporter.
The NYPD was wrong not to renew it.
I decided to fight and won! I am happy to have won my case and the settlement with New York City.
I have moved on beyond my old position as longest serving NYCD Departmental Photographer
with my future goals on my second career in Media and Community Services."
(Ralph E. Smith Served 4 NYCD Commissioners and a NYCD STAFF of 10,000)
January 10, 2011