We did not want to be competing with Ray Kelly and the New York City Police Department because New York in general is already shortchanged.

Starting yesterday, we activated our volunteers and found how many and which ones would be available.

It's like any proxy fight -- the first thing you try to decide is who votes.

There are probably 35 to 40 volunteers who are on standby now.

This is a fight over power, prestige and patronage. Violence has broken out when the legal outcome is unclear, which it is now.