Unlikely Partners: Cuomo Could Tap Giuliani for Safety Team

Monday, Nov 15, 2010  |  Updated 2:03 PM EDT
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Unlikely Partners: Cuomo Could Tap Giuliani for Safety Team

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Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will co-chair Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo's transition committee on public safety, according to a published report.

Cuomo has also tapped NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to serve on his public safety transition committee, a source close to the incoming governor told the New York Daily News.

Giuliani, an outspoken Republican, gained national admiration for this repose following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  But in the years following, he's become a political divisive figure.  According to the News, by bringing Giuliani into the fold, Cuomo may be neutralizing the ex-mayor's potential to be a vocal critic of the incoming Democratic gov on all things security related.

The committee - which will also include former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter - will recruit and recommend people for administration posts that have public safety and law enforcement responsibilities, including counterterrorism, the News reports.

Cuomo could make the announcement as early as today, the newspaper said.

Kelly was appointed Police Commissioner by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Commissioner Kelly was formerly Senior Managing Director, Global Corporate Security, at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Before that, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where he managed the agency's 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.

Cuomo's transition team is led by Lt. Gov.-elect Robert Duffy.

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