De Blasio faucets former FEMA official as new emergency chief

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Mayor de Blasio has tapped a former official on the Federal Emergency Administration Company to go the town’s Workplace of Emergency Administration – changing Joseph Esposito, who was bizarrely fired in December, solely to point out up the work the subsequent day.

Sources stated Deanne Criswell, a principal on the safety- and resiliency-consulting agency Cadmus Group and a former FEMA veteran, will change Esposito.

He was axed by Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin in early December after a heated assembly over the town’s response to a 6-inch snowstorm two weeks earlier that brought on a commuter catastrophe within the Huge Apple.

Nonetheless, Esposito went to work anyway as a result of he by no means acquired affirmation from de Blasio, setting off a day of administration chaos at Metropolis Corridor. It pressured Hizzoner on the time to place out an announcement saying “we’ve began the method of management change” at OEM however added Esposito would stay in cost within the interim.

“I welcome Ms. Criswell and sit up for working along with her, however she has massive footwear to fill,” stated Councilman Joe Borelli, who chairs the hearth and emergency administration committee. “Hiring Joe Esposito was one one of the best choices Mayor de Blasio has made.”

When reached by telephone Tuesday, Criswell referred remark to Metropolis Corridor, which later confirmed the hiring.

Her resume contains heading FEMA’s Nationwide Incident Administration Help Crew and serving as a deputy hearth chief within the Colorado Air Nationwide Guard.

Esposito was named OEM commissioner in 2014 by de Blasio after spending greater than 4 many years on the NYPD the place he was broadly credited with enjoying a major position within the metropolis’s historic drop in crime.

Sources say they anticipate him to depart the administration, though the mayor has stated he hoped Esposito would stay at OEM in some capability.

In an announcement, de Blasio stated, “Deanne is a trailblazer with the expertise, ardour, and ability essential to arrange us for the surprising. I thank Joe for his steadfast management over the past 5 years.”