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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2013

SCHUMER RECOMMENDS THAT ADMINISTRATION NOMINATE NYPD COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY AS NEW SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


In Wake of Janet Napolitano Stepping Down From the Position, Schumer This Morning Personally Recommended Kelly To White House

Schumer: “Ray Kelly Is the Man For the Job – New York’s Loss Would Be Nation’s Gain”

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today recommended that the Obama administration consider New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He made the recommendation in a call to White House Chief of StaffDenisMcDonough. Schumer released the following statement:

“The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government. Its leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three. As a former head of the Customs and Border patrol, he has top-level federal management experience. There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy. While it would be New York’s loss, Commissioner Kelly’s appointment as the head of DHS would be a great boon for the entire country. Janet Napolitano has done an outstanding job, and if I had to give her a grade on her tenure, it would be ‘A+.’ We need someone just as good who can fill her shoes.”

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