Arriving on a fire engine from the company where he started as a rookie in 1969, Daniel Nigro became the city’s 33rd FDNY commissioner in a ceremony on Monday, promising “a new tone” of fairness for minorities and women.
Nigro, 65, a retired 32-year FDNY veteran, vowed “to do what’s right because it’s right,” at the swearing-in ceremony, held at department headquarters in Brooklyn. He said his theme as commissioner is “It’s time,” and promised to “move forward and make the department even greater.”
The new commissioner was joined at the ceremony by his father, Daniel Nigro Sr., who joined the FDNY in 1946.
Mayor de Blasio, who swore in Nigro, called him “a battle-tested leader,” pointing to his efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was trapped with his nephew, also a firefighter, when the first tower went down, but they were eventually able to escape and continued their efforts to save lives.
At the time he was serving as chief of operations and is also credited with successfully merging the Emergency Medical Services into the FDNY. He became chief of department six days after the 9/11 attack, succeeding his close friend Peter Ganci, who died at the WTC. Nigro retired a year later.
The mayor said the new commissioner will continue to make the FDNY “ever stronger, ever greater and inclusive.”
De Blasio noted that the FDNY is the largest municipal fire department in the country and that he is “100 percent convinced” that Nigro is the right man for the job.
A native of Bayside, Nigro attended Bayside High School and Baruch College. He has lived with his wife, Lynn, for more than 40 years in Whitestone. The couple has two daughters and three grandchildren.