FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta is resigning his post at the end of this year to pursue teaching jobs, it was disclosed yesterday.
Scoppetta, who was appointed to lead the Fire Department by Mayor Bloomberg several months after 9/11, told the mayor in August that he would be leaving.
In a letter to FDNY staffers yesterday, Scoppetta said he took the commissioner's job because he wanted to help New York recover.
He also said his biggest challenge in the job had been to rebuild the FDNY's ranks, which lost 343 firefighters on 9/11.
He had been Mayor Rudy Giuliani's commissioner of children's services, and previously served as deputy mayor and, commissioner of investigation, as well as both a Manhattan assistant district attorney and a federal prosecutor.
The Uniformed Firefighters Association, however, said, "The Scoppetta years were not kind to the Fire Department of the City of New York."