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Mayor de Blasio Names John Scrivani as Expected Emergency Management Commissioner

March 17, 2021

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed John Scrivani as the expected next Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM). Scrivani, who currently serves as Director of the Office of Safety, Security & Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), is a fourth-generation Staten Islander, a 14-year veteran of the NYPD, and the former Incident Commander of the New York City Hurricane Sandy Debris Task Force. Scrivani will assume the role if the U.S. Senate confirms NYCEM Commissioner Deanne Criswell, whom President Joe Biden has been nominated to serve as Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“John Scrivani is an experienced, creative, and battle-tested leader who will keep New York City moving – no matter which challenges we face next,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m looking forward to working with him to keep this city safe, and I know he’ll build on Commissioner Criswell’s extraordinary record to build a recovery for all of us.”

"John has a proven track record of serving New Yorkers when this City has needed him the most – 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and most recently this pandemic," said Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin. "He’s a true New Yorker with the experience, the knowledge, and the leadership needed to prepare this City for the inevitable unexpected challenges that come our way next.”

“I’ve devoted my career to serving my fellow citizens – in good times, and in times of crisis,” said John Scrivani. “I thank Mayor de Blasio for entrusting me with this important role, and I look forward to helping this city continue to prepare, respond and recover. When New York City needs me, I’ll be there.”

John Scrivani has served as Director of the Office of Safety, Security & Emergency Management at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) since March 2019. Scrivani has held several roles in Virginia state government, including serving as Deputy State Coordinator for Disaster Services at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) from 2017-2019, and Division Administrator, Safety, Security & Emergency Management at VDOT from 2014-2017.

Scrivani served in New York City government for over 20 years. He has served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Operations working on Super Storm Sandy Recovery projects, and as the NYCEM Deputy Commissioner for Operations from 2009-2011.

In 2008-2009, Scrivani was Deputy Director of the Special Operations Division at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), where he also oversaw operations and safety for the World Trade Center Potential Human Remains Recovery Project and managed the ME Special Operations Response Team. For 14 years, John worked as a member of the NYPD, where he retired as Commanding Officer of the Emergency Services Unit Hazardous Materials-Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Team and Training School. He was also a member of the NYPD elite Emergency Service Unit.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York, Excelsior College.

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