NYPD promotes cops at Police Plaza ceremony

Ten lieutenants became captains in this mornings NYPD ceremony. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

The NYPD promoted numerous officers at a One Police Plaza ceremony this morning.

Among those promoted, Thomas Conforti, the current commanding officer of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, was given the rank of assistant chief. 

Conforti is a 27-year veteran of the department who began his career on the streets of Brownsville in the 73rd Precinct during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic. He also served in the Bronx’s 43 Precinct, Queens’ 104, 109 110 and 112 precincts, on the Bronx narcotics unit, as detective in Borough Queens North and in the Office of Chief of Detectives.

Conforti has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College. He was promoted two ranks in this ceremony, skipping over deputy chief to a two-star chief.

DCPI Commander Thomas Conforti was promoted to assistant chief along with other police officers who were promoted. Here, he takes his oath of command. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Of those being promoted, 89 officers achieved the rank of sergeant; four were promoted to sergeant special assignment; eight were promoted to sergeant supervisor detective; and 10 officers were promoted to the rank of captain. In addition, 39 cops were promoted to various ranks of detective.

On the civilian side, Yosef Lehrman was designated to executive director of information security; Paul McCullagh was designated director of labor counsel; and James Conroy was designated director of litigation support and transparency. In addition, 35 civilians were also promoted in the department.

Lt. Karam Chowdhury with his son, Sarim, celebrates his promotion to captain. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Commissioner O’Neill applauded the promoted.

“You all took this job to make a difference,” Commissioner O’Neill said. “Communities you serve depend on you; the people you protect want you there and need you there. It is important that you understand who you are and why you do it. Your dedication and hard work has set a new standard for safety and security in this city – achieved by the thousands of you out there right now and thousands more that came before you.”

He concluded saying, “Nobody does it better than you.”

Newly promoted Captain Brian Flynn was joined by his family — Keiran, Beckett, Tegan and his wife Allison — to celebrate his promotion. (Photo by Todd Maisel)