not the best picture I've seen of her
Now his double affair laid bare
Kerik cheated on wife with Judith Regan
and correction officer
BY RUSS BUETTNER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik conducted two extramarital affairs simultaneously, using a secret Battery Park City apartment for the passionate liaisons, the Daily News has learned.
The first relationship, spanning nearly a decade, was with city Correction Officer Jeanette Pinero; the second, and more startling, was with famed publishing titan Judith Regan.
His affair with Regan, the stunningly attractive head of her own book publishing company, lasted for almost a year.
Dramatically, each woman learned of the existence of the other after Pinero discovered a love note left by Regan in the apartment.
The revelations about Kerik's private life come as repercussions over his suitability to be nominated for the post of secretary of homeland security. Kerik, 49, married with two children from his current marriage, withdrew his name from consideration in a sudden and unexpected call to the White House on Friday night.
Kerik said that questions about the immigration status of his family's former nanny and failure to pay taxes prompted his decision to walk away from the job. But speculation has continued that there were deeper and more controversial reasons.
Yesterday, The News reported that a six-month investigation showed Kerik had accepted thousands of dollars in cash and gifts without proper disclosure, and had ties to a construction company that investigators believe is linked to the mob.
Now revelations about his private life also cast a shadow on his suitability for one of the administration's highest-profile cabinet positions.
Asked about the affairs and the secret love nest yesterday, Joseph Tacopina, Kerik's attorney, said Kerik and Regan had denied the affair in the past.
Tacopina said Kerik's "friendship" with Pinero ended in 1996.
He would not comment on the apartment.
Regan could not be reached for comment.
But sources with intimate knowledge of both affairs painted a picture of passionate, and sometimes volatile, liaisons.
The tumultuous Regan-Kerik romance carried on for months, through the writing, publication and promotion of his autobiography, "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice," which Regan's company published.
The two worked out together most mornings at the New York Sports Club in Rockefeller Center and often dined at Fresco restaurant in midtown, according to sources.
Kerik visited Regan's Central Park West apartment almost daily, and occasionally stayed the night, with his police detail camped outside.
They became so close that Kerik's two nieces stayed with Regan while the commissioner's sister was hospitalized, one source said.
Regan visited the Battery Park apartment several times, the source said, but apparently never knew that his actual residence at that time was an apartment on E. 79th St.
Furnished corporate rentals similar to the unit Kerik used, according to the sources, are advertised at monthly rents from $3,150 to $6,200. Representatives of Milstein Properties, whichs owns the Liberty View, could not be reached yesterday.
After one encounter, Regan left a romantic note, which was later discovered by Pinero. The two later spoke on the phone.
"She wanted to know if Judith was still seeing him," the source said. "She told Regan about their affair and Regan told her she was shocked."
Many close to Kerik in the mid-1990s assumed that someday he would marry Pinero, a career correction officer described as spirited and attractive by friends, a close friend and a former high-ranking Correction Department source said.
The relationship continued after Kerik married Hala Matli, a hygienist in his dentist's office whom he met in mid-1996 and wed in November 1998, according to multiple sources close to Pinero and Kerik.
Kerik's affair with Pinero is at the center of two lawsuits against the city, both brought by correction employees who claimed Kerik retaliated after they crossed her.
The city settled one last year for $250,000, The News reported at the time.
The second suit, in which Pinero and Kerik were deposed last week, was filed by former Deputy Warden Eric DeRavin 3rd, who claims Kerik quashed his promotion after he reprimanded Pinero. The city demanded a gag order on both depositions.
I call shenanigans
Now it's Judy's turn to cry.
Funny how that deposition got leaked.
Because there is no way in hell this makes the papers if it wasn't. They have documentary proof of all these allegations.
So how did Bernie Kerik afford a corporate apartment while living on swanky, silk stocking E. 79th Street? Was it used by the PD to hide witnesses, keep dignitaries housed or was it on the pad?
Now, how did the White House miss this one? That had to be the first question. Did you have a wandering dick? The answer should have been no, or yes, but there should have been an answer.
And the Pinero thing is a real mess. With this in the open, the city is going to have to settle for more than $250K, because now, the perception of bias is clear. And the use of the cops to get that cell phone, well, now we know why. Everyone who sued them was paid off and I wonder where that money came from.
No wonder Bernie was coming home at midinight. He was plugging two women and his wife. Jesus.
Well, he was emulating his boss.
The Dems were going to give him a pass for one simple reason: unvarnished, naked greed. They want more money for their cities. But no one knew all this shit existed in his background. Oh, the papers had an idea, but only Ray Kelly knew much of this was out there. What? The PD leaked this?
Come on, Kelly wouldn't piss on Kerik if he was on fire, as opposed to Giuliani, who he would toss another gallon of gas on. You don't think IAB had a thick assed file on him and his friends, collected in secret, if nowhere else? The contempt Kelly felt was visible and his silence was clear.
Because Kerik was on the fucking pad. That's why. You don't think the FBI mentioned to Kelly all of Kerik's mob friends? You don't think he wondered about the Taser deal? Kelly thought Kerik had used the PC's office to enrich himself and was using his former status on 9/11 to get even richer.
The next set of questions should follow the way Giuliani raised money after 9/11. Giuliani Partners was formed in the wake of that, and he loaded that charity with his friends. No one questioned why the mayor needed a personal charity. Now, since the cloak of 9/11 is finally being lifted, it's time for some hard questions about Kerik and his patron.
Update: Atrios added this wee bit of hypocrisy from Ms. Regan
Memories of Judith
From various Fox News appearances:
REGAN: Absolutely. I don't think there's any question. I mean, here's Hillary who's been standing by her man all these years and allowing him to behave in this reprehensible fashion.
REGAN: You know, look at Monica Lewinsky talking about being suicidal, being on antidepressants, you know, gaining this huge amount of weight. This is clearly a woman who has suffered and is suffering inside because she has no depth of feeling and no morality whatsoever. And so, I decided, after being involved in this ugly negotiation, which I found morally reprehensible, that we should make fun of the whole thing, and we should make a comment about the amorality of everybody.
REGAN: I would never tell. Unlike Monica Lewinsky, I keep my secrets and take them to the grave.
REGAN: I don't know. I mean, I think that they're going to move forward here, and I think it's alarming to me that the country is not concerned about having an amoral man in the White House.
REGAN: I said, "You know what? There's a really great morality tale here with a great, great moral lesson," and nobody's really said that.
REGAN: Well, partially, but it's also an "amorality tale" because the one thing that's missing from "Monica's Story" is, you know, deep thinking about her own amorality, which we saw -- was in ample evidence during the Barbara Walters love fest the other night. I mean, here's a woman who clearly knows a lot about sex, but knows nothing about right and wrong.
REGAN: You know, the amorality tale, "Monica's Untold Story," is about her amorality, and the amorality of all of the people in this ugly story. But one of the things that was remarkable about her two hours is her utter lack of sincere remorse. And in that case, I would say she is a true soulmate of Bill Clinton because the two of them -- she learned a lot about spinning. She learned a lot about publicity. You know, she learned a lot about changing her image. And she tried to do another Barbara Walters show, but I don't know if America's buying it. I'm sure not.
Ms. REGAN: Well, I think that the social fabric of this country has become completely unraveled. I think the sexual revolution had a lot to do with that. I think that we are in terrible shape. I think we have a country where half the kids are being raised by single mothers. A lot of that has to do with male behavior. We look at the men in this country who do not want to be accountable to their wives, do not want to be accountable to their children and we have as a president a man who could be a symbol of everything that is good; he could be a wonderful husband, he could be a wonderful father. He is in a position of great authority to show this country and to lead this country in a way that is much more important than economically.
Ms. REGAN: ...to this kind of fame, don't grow up thinking, You know, what I really want to do is to be a good citizen, to be loyal to my friends, to care about my neighbors, to get married, to be faithful to my husband, to have a family.' These are not the things that we're teaching.
Ms. REGAN: We can conquer others with force but to conquer ourselves we need strength.' And this is really what we need in America today. We need to conquer our own impulses. We need to understand that we can't act on them all the time because it feels good for us. We have to care about the other.
Ms. REGAN: Let me tell you something, my father has never cheated on my mother, my brothers have never treated cheated on their wives. I come from a big Italian Irish Catholic family and I have to say that for the most part, they have not cheated on each other. My brothers were virile...
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