The Mayor of New York, known as Lenny in the movies. Is a likeable Democrat and a man of the people - particularly the Irish, Italian, and Jewish people. Lenny has a professional appearance when in public relations, but this can collapse if he's desperate to get the help of the Ghostbusters, or if a situation is particularly bad. (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Adventures In Slime And Space, The Scaring Of The Green, The Bird Of Kildarby)
Doesn't like being interrupted by the Ghostbusters. Expresses his anger when they interrupt or anger him. (The Scaring Of The Green, Ghostbusters II)
Has a wife, whom Venkman accidentally shot at, and stole a fake four-leaf clover from. (The Scaring Of The Green)
Was at the opening ceremony at Plump Towers. (Deadcon I)
Officially opened Castle Kildarby for the tourist population. Ended up becoming soaked with the castle's moat water after several his aides, and several NYPD officers were thrown into the moat. Threw himself onto ECTO-1's hood to stop the Ghostbusters from leaving. (The Bird Of Kildarby)
C/N: The surname "Clotch" comes from the novelization of Ghostbusters 2
Coincidentally, he looks and talks almost exactly like Vincent Price, only he's very short. (The Spirit Of Aunt Lois)
Is a charlatan T.V. Spiritualist. At one point he had his own show. Has been described as an "Out and out fake" by Ray. Many people (Including the Ghostbusters.) know he's a phony and consider him a quack/charlatan. They don't care too much for him, either. (The Spirit Of Aunt Lois, Cold Cash And Hot Water)
Tries to hold a professional superiority, even to insist that Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler should leave his equipment alone due to him being the "Chief Expert" that evening. Is essentially a coward; he hid in a chair in Lois Stantz' Dining Room while the Ghostbusters dealt with the house spirits he'd insulted. (The Spirit Of Aunt Lois)
Performs phony sèances at people's homes (Including one at Aunt Lois Stantz' house.), involving an elaborate setup of hidden cameras, hidden sound equipment, and hidden projectors. All of this equipment is controlled from a foot operated control panel. His equipment is designed to annoy P.K.E. It may unintentionally/accidentally awaken spirits, if the house he holds the sèance in is really haunted. (The Spirit Of Aunt Lois)
Has teamed up with Charlie Venkman before. (Cold Cash And Hot Water)
Is a Manhattan Police Lieutenant. (The Revenge Of Murray the Mantis, The Headless Motorcyclist, The Scaring Of The Green)
He's very large and bulky. Wears a fedora and trench coat. (The Headless Motorcyclist)
Literally hates ALL crime and ALL criminals. Never lets a guilty man go free. Suspects can count on him being in touch with them. (The Headless Motorcyclist)
Doesn't trust or like the Ghostbusters, especially Venkman. Thinks the Ghostbusters use ghosts to harm their enemies, because they have easy access to them. Doesn't like admitting when they're innocent. (The Headless Motorcyclist)
Called the Ghostbusters clowns. (The Revenge of Murray the Mantis)
Is Mayor Leonard Clotch's assistant. Has his own office, with a desk, and a T.V.
He wanted Venkman and the Ghostbusters to stay away from the Mayor, because he was running for Governor in the fall of 1989. The last thing he and the Mayor needed was to be associated with ìtwo-bit frauds and publicity houndsî like Venkman and his friends. He wanted the Prosecutor to put the Ghostbusters away fast and make sure they went away for a long, long time.
He thinks the Ghostbusters are insane and he doesnít want to listen to any of their ìpreposterous mumbo-jumboî. He had them committed to psychiatric ward at Parkview Hospital, to protect the Mayorís interests. By the time they reached the Museum on New Yearís Eve, heíd had it with them, and he didnít want them to attempt to help with the slime mold on the Manhattan Museum of Art. He told them it was a city matter and that everything was under control. He also thinks the ECTO-1A is a "clown car".
He punched the slime mold on the Manhattan Museum of Art, and was sucked in. Afterwards, he had an over-positive attitude towards everyone and anyone he met.
C/N All from Ghostbusters II, though some facts come from the script or unused scenes
"And on a more personal note, let me go on record as saying that there is no place in decent society for fakes, charlatans and tricksters like you who prey on the gullibility of innocent people. You're beneath the contempt of this court. And believe me, if my hands were not tied by the unalterable fetters of the law, a law which has become in my view far too permissive and inadequate in it's standards of punishment, would invoke the tradition of our illustrious forebearers, reach back to a sterner, purer justice and have you burned at the stake!"
Heís a pretty open-minded guy. They call him "The Hammer". He often tells the occupants of the courtroom to shut up.
He tried Tony and Nunzio Scoleri for murder. They were electrocuted at Ossining in 1948.
The law does not recognize the existence of ghosts. He doesn't believe in them either. When he tried the Ghostbusters, he didn't want to hear a lot of malarkey about goblins, spooks, and demons. He wanted to stick to the facts in the case and leave the ghost stories to the kiddies.
The Ghostbusters' trial was unquestionably the worst presentation of a case he ever heard in a court of law. He considered citing Louis for contempt and having him disbarred. He found Venkman, Ray, and Egon guilty on all charges. He ordered them to pay fines in the amount of $25,000 each and sentenced them to eighteen months in the city correctional facility at Rykerís Island.
When he realized the Ghostbusters couldn't do anything about the Scoleri Bros. due to the judicial restraining order, he rescinded the order and dismissed the case.
Van Sanders tries too hard to sound dramatic whenever he speaks during a report (Especially at the end of it.). He wants to win an Emmy or a Pulitzer Prize. Also claims that he's applauded wherever he goes (Actually, it's his ego that he hears!).
20/40/60 wanted them to find out if the Ghostbusters were first class conmen. Before being assigned to find out, they had no official opinion. However, they did hint that he thought they were. Van Sanders accused Janine Melnitz of being an elaborate front masking questionable practices.
According to Peter, being locked in a room with Van Sanders for a week would be worse than new Ghostbusting equipment malfunctioning. Ray called Van Sanders a jellied ham after he tampered with equipment. When Van Sanders asked Peter if there was anything he could do to help, Peter told him to keep his distance, preferably on some other planet.
Van Sanders said ìat Ghostbusters Central, chaos reins supremeî.
Schreck thinks she dresses better than Lois Lane and refers to herself as "Helen Schreck, Newswoman Supreme". She told the Ghostbusters that they "couldnít keep the press out".
Sandy Van Sanders: "OH NO! Dr. Spengler's soul has been switched with that Demon. What could possibly be worse?"
Dr. Peter Venkman: "Being locked in a room with you for a week!"
Sandy Van Sanders: "Anything we can do to help?"
Dr. Peter Venkman: "Yeah, keep your distance. Preferably on some other planet."
Sandy Van Sanders: "What do you call these things?"
Dr. Peter Venkman: "Only slightly less irritating than you."
All from Egon on the Rampage
Is the Deputy Police Chief of New York. Also is the current head of the Clan O'Malley.
Believes in and trusts the Ghostbusters. Usually is the first to defend them against the Mayor or Inspector Frump. . (The Scaring Of The Green)