- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A veteran police official will head New York City’s emergency management agency. It has played a key role in the city’s response to Superstorm Sandy, snowstorms and other disasters in recent years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday former NYPD Chief of Department Joe Esposito’s appointment as emergency management commissioner. He replaces Joe Bruno, whose retirement was announced last week. He’d served since 2004.

Esposito worked for more than 40 years in the police department. He was appointed chief of department in 2000. It’s the highest uniformed position. He retired last year.

De Blasio also appointed disaster preparedness expert Dr. Irwin Redlener (REHD’-lehn-uhr) as an unpaid special adviser on emergency management and planning.

Redlener is a pediatrics professor and the director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

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