NYPD High Cop James O’Neill Plans To Remain On 4 Extra Years

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Police Commissioner James O’Neill plans to remain on the high of the NYPD for the lengthy haul, he mentioned Thursday.

“I really like this job. I really like what I do,” he mentioned at Metropolis Corridor. “And I stay up for spending the following 4 years main this nice police division.”

The commissioner shared his plans to stay round for everything of Mayor de Blasio’s second time period at a press convention Thursday, the place Hizzoner introduced O’Neill, Hearth Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Company Counsel Zachary Carter would all stay of their jobs as Colleges Chancellor Carmen Farina retires.

De Blasio, whereas saying shake-ups on the deputy mayor degree, had beforehand mentioned reporters ought to “assume continuity” in his workers except instructed in any other case.

However he was nonetheless usually questioned about his plans for high-profile jobs like O’Neill’s, and the Blue Room press convention made that continuity specific.

“4 years,” O’Neill reiterated once more when requested about his plans. “My plans are to remain right here.”

O’Neill, who has been with the NYPD for 25 years, is presiding over the division as crime continues to fall, and is anticipated to achieve document lows but once more in 2017.

“Homicides, shootings, general crime continues to go down. 2016 was an excellent yr for us,” O’Neill mentioned. “Right here we’re within the final days of 2017 and as soon as once more homicides, shootings and general crime are down.”

The mayor heaped reward on the highest cop, in addition to Nigro, who he mentioned was main a division with fewer deadly fires and extra range, and Carter, town’s high lawyer who he praised for reaching settlements just like the one with the Vulcan Society.

De Blasio was joined by his spouse, Chirlane McCray, whom he says he consults about all of his personnel choices.

The mayor was tight-lipped about who would change Farina, in addition to what was in retailer for others on the commissioner degree — although he mentioned his “assume continuity” comment nonetheless stands.

“We’ll inform you every factor explicitly when the time is correct,” he mentioned.

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