Hello everyone. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a look into my background and experience as well as the family who helped shape who I am.
I am a retired member of the New York City Police Department, with over thirty years of law enforcement, public safety and operational management experience.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, my family served their country and city for generations. My father was a New York City Police Officer, Firefighter and Fire Marshal for twenty-seven years. My mother was a medical assistant for thirty years, and my uncle a detective assigned to the NYPD Street Crime and Career Criminals Unit. My grandfather served in World War II with the United States Navy aboard the USS Savannah.
I realized my dream of becoming a New York City Police Officer in July of 1989. After graduating the Police Academy, I was assigned to Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, and two years later i was honored to be accepted into the prestigious Brooklyn South Task Force. While there, I stood alongside and learned from some of the finest police officers in the country, who showed me what it truly meant to be a New York City cop. We responded to many of the city’s most high-profile events including the Crown Heights riots, several Brooklyn Bridge and Tompkins Square Park takeovers, countless demonstrations and incidents of civil unrest, both World Trade Center attacks and the FBI's arrest of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in Brooklyn.
After fourteen years, I decided to utilize my experience to train new police recruits. Accepted into the NYPD Police Academy's Physical Training and Tactics Department, I instructed approximately twenty-five hundred recruits per year, helping turn young, inexperienced civilians into New York’s Finest. In 2008, I was assigned the title of NYPD Safety Service Coordinator, assisting in the oversight of instructor and recruit training while analyzing and revising Department training policies through real time data.
Upon my retirement in 2009, my family and I moved to Pennsylvania, where I first became involved in politics after becoming aware of the mismanagement and attempted outsourcing of the local police department. As a virtual unknown in that area, I lost a close race for Mayor as a write-in candidate. Two years later, I successfully captured a seat on the local Borough Council by soundly defeating the twenty-five-year Democratic incumbent. While serving on Council, I founded and spearheaded a community fundraiser that succeeded in purchasing new ballistic vests for the entire police department, and also co-founded and coordinated a street hockey league for our Borough's diverse youth population. I served time on the Council's Emergency Services, Joint School Board and Business Development Committees.
In 2016, I was elected Rotary Club President, where I assisted in coordinating numerous local, national and global Rotary humanitarian projects including the continuous efforts to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water for areas in Peru, and fundraising efforts for the area school districts. Our many successful ventures together afforded me the honor of being re-elected President in 2017.
My law enforcement and community service record earned opportunities in directorial and operational positions within private and public entities as well as institutions of higher learning. I was certified as a Title IX and Violence Against Women Act Investigator and conducted numerous investigations while serving as a liaison to local law enforcement and Federal authorities.
I have been honored and recognized several times throughout my life and career, including receiving Xaverian High School's Outstanding Community Service Award (1985), Brooklyn South Police Officer of the Month (August 1992), NYPD Medal of Commendation (1997), Outstanding Community Service Award from the Morrisville Police Association (2015), two-term Rotary Club President (2016-17), Paul Harris Community Service and Fellowship Award (2016) and the esteemed NYPD Honor Legion (2019).
Personally, I have been blessed with three beautiful children who I adore, each of whom are making their own mark on this world. Our ten year old German Shepherd, Rambo, passed away last year, but I know the big guy is still protecting his family.
I returned to my home in New York City in 2019, and like so many of you am devastated by what is happening on a daily basis. I realized I could no longer sit idly by and watch the intentional destruction of the greatest city in the world, and the dismantling of its greatest police department. That is why I ask for your support as together we will rebound and rebuild, as we have so many times before.
God Bless, and stay safe.