NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Commissioner James O’Neill took the ceremonial oath for his post on Monday, although he has actually been on the job since the weekend and has already presided over a high-profile crime.
O’Neill, a 58-year-old native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, has been with the department for more than 33 years – beginning as a transit officer.READ MORE: Scheifele Has Hat Trick, Jets Beat Devils
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Within his first day at the helm, O’Neill was dealing with a bombing that left 29 people injured on 23rd Street in Chelsea, and a second pressure cooker bomb that was found four blocks away.