Rockland County man appointed State Police chief

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The Senate unanimously approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination of Joseph D’Amico, a former deputy chief for the New York City Police Department, as the 14th superintendent of the State Police. D’Amico, who is from West Nyack, Rockland County, was chief investigator for the Attorney General’s Office under Cuomo, from 2007 through the end of Cuomo’s term. In that job, he oversaw 300 criminal and civil investigators. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, D’Amico spent 27 years with the NYPD, serving in numerous patrol and investigative assignments in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens and rising to the rank of deputy chief.

Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, described D’Amico as “a cop’s cop” and said he “understands the problems we’ve had with State Police over the last few years, not the membership, but a few people at the top.”

Most recently, Cuomo rescinded a total of $200,000 in bonuses given by the acting State Police superintendent to more than 20 State Police officers at the end of 2010. News of the raises came as roughly 900 state workers were laid off.

“Superintendent D’Amico is a consummate professional with an impeccable reputation who brings decades of hands-on law enforcement and management experience to the force. He has devoted his entire career to protecting the people of the State of New York and will lead the Division of State of Police with honor and dignity,” Cuomo said in a statement.

D’Amico said in a statement that he looks forward “to working with the brave men and women in this fine institution. I am committed to assuring that the State Police is recognized as the preeminent state police force in the country.”

Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee Chairman¬†Michael F. Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, said D’Amico’s background and experience in criminal investigations and strategies to reduce crime have prepared him well for the new position. “In the months ahead, I look forward to working with Superintendent D’Amico to support our brave law enforcement officers, restore stability within the State Police Department and increase crime prevention efforts to keep our streets safe for law-abiding New Yorkers,” he said.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said in a statement that New Yorkers will benefit from D’Amico’s “solid police experience, good judgment and political independence.”

New York State Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said D’Amico is a good pick for the job. “I believe Superintendent D’Amico will lead the troopers with the kind of integrity and honesty that he has exemplified throughout his career,” he said.

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