Deanne Criswell takes helm of NYC OEM

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New York City Emergency Management has finally replaced former Commissioner Joseph Esposito with new leadership.

Commissioner Deanne Criswell says she’s ready to help the city any way she can.

Disaster response is a complicated balance between anticipation and reaction – how to plan for an emergency and then what to do when one actually happens.

"It's really then relying on the coordination and the cooperation of working with my partner agencies- here in the city to make sure that we're coming together when that crisis happens in order to meet the needs of the residents," says Criswell. "New York City as a whole is 8.6 million residents…and we look at the risks and the threats and the hazards that are approaching any of them equally.

Commissioner Criswell comes to the role with 25 years of experience.

"I'm just incredibly grateful to be given this opportunity to lead New York City Emergency Management,” says Criswell. "For me personally as a woman what I hope for is that I can be that role model and mentor for the future women that have a desire to serve in any type of a public service career."

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