By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Actor Steve Buscemi is the latest New Yorker to get a key to the city.

Before turning to acting, the Brooklyn-born Buscemi was a New York City firefighter in the early 1980s.

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The “Boardwalk Empire” star was given the key to New York during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conference Tuesday.

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“This is such an honor to be here with you today to receive this, to have friends and family here,” Buscemi said. “Before being an actor, I had one of the greatest jobs in New York City … at Engine 55 in Little Italy, and I’ll always be grateful to them for allowing me to work beside them in the aftermath of 9/11.”

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Known for roles in “Reservoir Dogs,” “Fargo,” “The Sopranos” and many more, Buscemi said one of the things he loves most about New York City is the people.

CBSNewYork Team