NYC fire chief in running for Yonkers fire commissioner


YONKERS – A top New York City fire chief, hailed for leading firefighters to New Orleans to help out after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, may soon be named Yonkers’ next fire commissioner.

Christina Gilmartin, the Yonkers mayor’s spokeswoman, confirmed Monday that FDNY Chief of Operation Robert Sweeney is being considered for the top job in the Yonkers fire department.

Gilmartin declined to say whether anybody else is in the running.

An announcement is expected by the end of this week.

Mayor Mike Spano has tabbed FDNY Chief of Operation Robert Sweeney to be the next Yonkers fire commissioner.

Sweeney, hailed for leading firefighters to New Orleans to help out after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, would will replace former Yonkers Fire Commissioner George Kielb, a 32-year veteran of the Yonkers fire department who resigned in late June, just six months after being appointed by Mayor Mike Spano.

Kielb’s departure came as relations deteriorated between firefighters and Spano after a budget-season battle over the mayor’s plan to trim the department’s ranks and change its sick-leave policy.

Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner has been overseeing both the police and fire departments on an interim basis.

Sweeney, a member of the FDNY for more than three decades, is also credited with helping rebuild the department after Sept. 11.

In fall 2005, he commanded several dozen New York City firefighters working in the Crescent City after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Sweeney was promoted to FDNY chief overseeing the department’s day-to-day operations in July 2009.

(photo: Robert Sweeney is promoted to FDNY Chief of Operations on June 30, 2009 /


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    What did Bloomburg did!…. That The Chief has to run to Yonkers!…..
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  2. If he was so good for FDNY, why not stay there? Something is up given the dislike FDNY has for YFD. That parasite Anthony screwed things up pretty well, don’t you think?