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Ray Kelly to discuss memoir 'Vigilance' at Hampton Library

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses a news

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses a news conference on April 26, 2013. Credit: Craig Ruttle

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will discuss his career in law enforcement and his memoir, “Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City” on Friday at Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

The event will be part of the library’s annual Fridays at Five program which features well-known authors on Fridays in July and August. The evenings begin with wine and hors d’oeuvres and afterwards the author speaks and questions can be asked by the audience. There is also an opportunity to purchase their book and have it signed.

Kelly, a Manhattan native who summers in East Hampton, had a law enforcement career that spanned 47 years in the police department and included 25 different commands. He was the longest serving commissioner of the department and the first to hold the post for two non-consecutive tenures – one from 1992 to 1994 and the other from 2002 to 2013.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, Kelly created the first municipal police counterterrorism bureau in the country, stationing NYPD detectives in foreign cities.

Under President Bill Clinton, Kelly was Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service.

Tickets for Kelly’s 5 p.m. talk are $20 and as part of the Fridays at Five Program all of the money collected including the price of admission and the sale of the books will go directly to the Hampton Library. Last year the money raised from program events was used to purchase and install automatic openers at the library’s front entrance for handicap accessibility.

Hampton Library is at 2478 Main St. For further information, please call 631-537-0015 or visit

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