The Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership proudly announces the third annual “Conversations in Leadership” series at The City College of New York. Our program brings together experienced policymakers and opinion leaders from all levels of politics—local, state, national and federal—to discuss their substantive areas of expertise, their experiences working in and studying the public sector, and the lessons they have learned about effective leadership with the City College community.
The City College of New York is honored to welcome Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, as our first guest of the academic year. CCNY’s Michael Busch and Commissioner Bruno will discuss New York City’s efforts at disaster preparedness in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the politics of extreme weather response.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Mr. Bruno as commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in 2004, making him the fourth head of the agency since it was established in 1996. Commissioner Bruno has a long and distinguished record of public service in New York City. In 1971, he joined the City Law Department as a trial attorney. In 1987, he became the City's Fire Commissioner. Subsequently, Commissioner Bruno was elected in 1991 and 2001 as a Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York and in 2002 as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. A lifelong New York City resident, Commissioner Bruno holds a B.S. in Economics from City College and a J.D. from St. John's University Law School.
Among his major initiatives as Commissioner, Commissioner Bruno coordinated the City's response to Hurricane Irene, the worst coastal storm to hit the city in more than a decade. New York City took unprecedented steps to prepare for the storm, including a mandatory evacuation of more than 370,000 residents in low-lying areas and the entire Rockaway peninsula, a complete shutdown of public transportation, the evacuation of 7,000 patients from hospitals and nursing homes, and opening more than 80 evacuation centers and emergency shelters. In fall 2012, Commissioner Bruno coordinated the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy, the most devastating coastal storm in New York City history. Key operations included life safety, dewatering, power restoration, debris removal, and support to residents. Some of these operations continue in 2013.
The conversation with Commissioner Bruno will take place on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:30-7:00 at The Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership (Shepard Hall, Room 558) on the campus of The City College of New York.