- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2001

NEW YORK — Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani can no longer entertain his mistress at the mayoral home in Gracie Mansion while his wife and children are living there.
State Supreme Court Judge Judith Gische granted a temporary restraining order yesterday to the mayors wife, Donna Hanover, barring the mayors "very good friend" Judith Nathan from entering the official residence or the surrounding grounds as long as the Giulianis are residents.
In another victory for Miss Hanover, a local TV personality and actress, the judge turned down the mayors second request for a gag order, saying the couple should make a personal decision not to say anything that would hurt their children, Caroline, 11, and Andrew, 15.
A temporary gag order in effect last week did not prevent the mayors lawyer, Raoul Lionel Felder, from castigating the citys first lady as an uncaring mother hungry for power.
The ban against Miss Nathan, the mayors high-profile constant companion, is the latest episode in a stormy Gothic romance that is tantalizing city officials and ordinary New Yorkers.
At the heart of the case was whether Gracie Mansion, the 200-year-old mayoral residence, is a private or public place and what should be the relationship between mistress and children.
Before the judges ruling, Miss Nathan had attended functions at the mayoral manor at least five times, according to sources close to Mr. Giuliani. They deny she ever stayed overnight or visited the family quarters. Mr. Giuliani occupies a guest room and his wife sleeps in the master bedroom.
In her 10-page ruling, the judge referred to a near collision between Caroline Giuliani and the mayors girlfriend when Miss Nathan visited the mansion on April 27, adding, "It is [Miss Nathans] presence in the mansion that creates the opportunity for such chance meetings."
The judge added that there was no governmental purpose for Miss Nathan to visit the mansion and noted that the children have lived there for seven years. The children "should have the ability and peace of mind to move freely about the entire mansion without concerning themselves about whether they are in public or private space," she said.
The mayor is known to be eager to introduce his children to his "paramour," the term used to describe Miss Nathan by Miss Hanovers lawyers. However, the judge said, "he is concerned that the children will form a negative impression of [Miss Nathan] based on what they hear from [Miss Hanover] and what they may read in the press."
Speaking directly to the question of Miss Nathans relationship with the Giuliani children, the judge said that Miss Nathan "will be an important part of their fathers life; the children will need to accept her in their lives."
The court directed that if they cannot resolve their differences on this matter within 30 days, a mental health professional will be brought in to evaluate the children and the family.
Joannie Danielides, a spokeswoman for Miss Hanover, said the citys first lady was not making any statement. However, her attorney, Helene Brezinsky, said: "Donna is grateful for the courts decision to put the childrens well-being first."
Dogged by reporters all day, Mr. Giuliani would not comment on the ruling, other than to say impatiently, "Now, now, cmon."
Mr. Felder, who said last week that Miss Hanover would "cling to the chandeliers" rather than move out of the mansion, was not talking to reporters yesterday.
However, in a written statement, the mayors attorney indicated that it is only a matter of time before the Giuliani children come face to face with his mistress.
"The mayor is gratified that the judge basically acknowledged that it was not a question of 'whether but really a question of 'when the mayor will have an opportunity to introduce his children to a person who shares and will share a great part of his life," said the statement.
Sources close to the mayor told The Washington Times that Mr. Giuliani plans to marry his girlfriend of almost two years as soon as he is divorced from Miss Hanover.
About the courts decision to give the mayor and his wife 30 days to agree, the Felder statement said: "Hopefully, with the cooperation of all parties this will be achieved, thereby sparing the children intrusive forensic procedures. Towards that end, the mayor is prepared to be both reasonable and flexible."
Questioned at a news conference Thursday, the mayor said: "My relationship with Judith Nathan is an adult one… . Its one thats gone on for two years, and I hope its going to last forever."
Mr. Giulianis mayoral term ends this year and he cannot run again because of term limits. Some political observers have speculated that the Bush administration would tap him to head the FBI, but the sensational events of his personal life have cast a cloud over his political future.
The mayors marital strife was satirized in a skit on NBCs "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend and People magazine put the fracas on its May 28 cover, titled "Threes a Crowd."

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