Gregory Kuczinski fired as New York City Corrections Department Deputy Commissioner, Investigations

May 19, 2017: Gregory Kuczinski was fired as the New York City Corrections Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Investigations on Monday, May 8, 2017. Kuczinski was demoted during the week of May 7-13, 2017, amid allegations that he eavesdropped on telephone conversations between city investigators and jailhouse informers on Rikers Island. The accusations of spying on city investigators as they were conducting undercover anticorruption operations, along with a city report about the misuse of agency vehicles by the Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, Kuczinski and other top staff members, as well as the disclosure that Ponte had been out of the state for ninety days in 2016, promprws Ponte to announced on Friday, May 12, 2017, that he plans to retire during the summer of 2017. The troubled Corrections Department was under intense scrutiny well before the Investigations Department’s allegations surfaced, and they prompted further questions about the management of the agency from the City Council and city and state oversight boards. But Kuczinski’s firing was nonetheless carried out on Monday, May 8, 2017, with no public announcement and apparently little notice to other officials. Late on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in response to an inquiry from The New York Times, the Corrections Department’s chief Spokesman, Peter Thorne, issued a statement on Kuczinski’s dismissal. “Following several days of careful evaluation, Commissioner Ponte determined termination was appropriate,” the statement said.

Attribution: The New York Times

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