Acting Islip Town Public Safety Commissioner Anthony D’Amico was unanimously appointed to the top spot after serving in the acting role for nearly six months.
D’Amico was appointed to the top job at Tuesday’s town board meeting. He took over the acting commissioner post in early September after John Carney, who spent 26 years working for the town, resigned on Sept. 6, citing health reasons.
Carney was indicted on Sept. 13 along with Michael A. Allen, an assistant chief fire marshal with the town at the time. Both were charged with crimes stemming from an alleged bribery scheme where they used coercion to steer civil service positions to favored candidates, prosecutors have said. They were charged with four class D felonies of third-degree bribe-receiving and 12 Class A misdemeanors — four counts of official misconduct and eight counts of second-degree coercion — and have pleaded not guilty. They are due back in court Thursday for a conference with State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in his Central Islip courtroom.
D’Amico oversees nearly 80 full-time employees in the public safety department, which includes park rangers, radio dispatchers and workers in the parking violations bureau, he said. Seasonally, the department brings on an additional 100 employees to work in harbor units and as security guards during the South Shore’s busy summers.
D’Amico said his focus is on quality of life issues, including tackling graffiti, which he said is a townwide problem, and complaints of abandoned vehicles that often arise in Brentwood and Central Islip.
“I want to make sure we have constant patrols and making sure our parks are safe for people to go to,” D’Amico said.
D’Amico was hired by the town in May 2012 as a part-time town attorney before he was brought on full-time in March 2013 as a deputy commissioner in the parks department to help with recovery efforts after superstorm Sandy, he said.
He was paid $93,846 in 2016, according to payroll records provided by the town. D’Amico’s new salary is $120,000, according to a town spokeswoman.Carney’s salary was listed at $109,420 for 2016.
D’Amico is a lawyer and a 20-year veteran of the NYPD.
“The people who work here do a very good job,” D’Amico said of the public safety department. “It’s just a matter of supporting them with the tools and the resources they need to get the job done.”