18-Year-Old Running For Police Commissioner In Port Washington
PORT WASHINGTON, NY (CBSNewYork) - Paul Faulk has blue blood for sure.
“Both my parents are Port Washington cops and my brother is a cop in the NYPD,” he said.
WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story
He’s an 18-year-old community college student with none of his own law enforcement or business experience.
Faulk launched his candidacy for Port Washington police commissioner on Thursday. Faulk was only 4-years-old when the current commissioner, who is 66-years-old , took office.
“Age is just a number,” Faulk said. “It’s just about time where they need new fresh ideas.”
He says while there is the obvious family connection, this is about him and his town, not his family.
“This is my duty – to serve the community. It’s not my parents’. It’s mine,” he said.
He says he sees what Port Washington needs.
“Those little kids running around on Main Street after school – our pop unit should be out there watching our kids,” he said. “We have a really busy train station during certain hours of the day. Traffic flow is a problem.”
1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with Paul Faulk
His opponent, incumbent James Duncan — a retired police officer and Purple Heart recipient, has called Faulk’s candidacy ludicrous.
To that, Faulk says this is not a joke.
“Everyone in life, they have to start off somewhere. I bet you you started off with no experience at one point, as a reporter. This is my time to start somewhere,” he said to WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.
The election is December 13.
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