NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Former Police Commissioner James O’Neill is rejoining the de Blasio administration as a senior advisor to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

O’Neill will be overseeing distribution of essential medical equipment to hospitals across New York City.

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“It’s the responsibility of all New Yorkers to do their part,” O’Neill said. “I always felt that way and I continue to feel that way.”

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“It’s one thing I saw in my time as a cop. This is a resilient city,” he said. “I just felt compelled to come back and offer to help and do whatever I could. Basically what I’m going to be doing is helping to manage or managing the supply chain. Making sure there’s an inspection regime, making sure that we’re sourcing, delivering, distributing and tracking. To make sure that we do our best, continue to do our best for the health care workers that are out there right now this very minute doing their very best to save lives. It’s a system of accountability and we have to make sure that it’s operating efficiently.”


O’Neill stepped down as police commissioner in November to work at Visa. He’ll retain that job while serving as senior advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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