31st Fire Commissioner City Of New
Scoppetta, Commissioner for the Administration for
Children's Services in the Giuliani administration,
was appointed as New York City's 31st Fire Commissioner
by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on December 30, 2001.
Commissioner Scoppetta heads a Department with more
than 16,000 Fire, EMS and civilian members. His extensive
experience in government and management spans more
than four decades.
The Commissioner brings a wealth of management and
leadership experience to the Department. His experience
in a number of government posts has prepared him to
lead the world's busiest fire suppression and emergency
medical services agency. Commissioner Scoppetta's
leadership abilities will play a vital role in strengthening
and rebuilding the Department which lost 343 members
on September 11th, 2001.
Fire Commissioner Scoppetta is a former Deputy Mayor
and Commissioner of Investigation for the City of
New York. He received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn
Law School in 1962. While attending law school at
night, he worked by day as an investigator for the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
He is a past President and former Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of the Children's Aid Society, a
not-for-profit social service agency that annually
serves more than 200,000 needy children in New York
Commissioner Scoppetta was born on the Lower East
Side of Manhattan. When he was five years old he was
placed in a children's shelter and lived in various
foster care institutions until he turned 12. He attended
public schools in Manhattan. After serving two years
in the Army, he attended Bradley University on the
G.I. Bill and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Engineering.
Upon graduation from law school, he was appointed
an Assistant District Attorney in New York County
by District Attorney Frank S. Hogan. He has also served
as Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, an Assistant
United States Attorney for the Southern District of
New York, and as the Deputy Independent Counsel in
the investigation and prosecution of a former Special
Assistant to the President of the United States.
Fire Commissioner Scoppetta has served on numerous
boards of not-for-profit institutions and is a past
member of the Executive Committee of the Association
of the Bar of the City of New York. From February
1994 to January 1996, he was Chairman of the five-member
Commission to Combat Police Corruption, which was
created by former Mayor Giuliani to monitor the New
York City Police Department's anti-corruption efforts.
Mr. Scoppetta lives in New York City with his wife.
They have two grown children.