Outgoing Fire Commissioner Reflects On FDNY Changes

NY 1 - December 24, 2009

As he prepares to step down as fire commissioner, Nicholas Scoppetta last night reflected on his time as head of the department. In an interview last night on NY1's political program "Road to City Hall," Scoppetta said he is proud of his accomplishments.

He says things are much different now than they were when he took over, months after the September 11th attacks.

"It was all about rebuilding," he said. "We replaced the equipment, improved the communication system, developed new and enhanced communications, developed a state-of-the-art fire department operations center, received $20 million in homeland security money, so it really is a very different department today than it was on 9/11."

Scoppetta also had harsh words for his main critic, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy.

"I think he has been irresponsible and not productive," Scoppetta said. "I don't see Steve changing. That's his view of the world. This is how he tries to make himself relevant by criticizing headquarters."

Scoppetta says he is talking to universities about possible teaching positions, but for now plans to take some time to relax and think about what comes next after he leaves the department at the end of the month.