Thomas Von Essen

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Thomas Von Essen (born 1945 in Brooklyn, New York) was appointed the 29th FDNY Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on April 15, 1996 and served in that position until the end of the Rudolph Giuliani Administration on December 31, 2001, nearly four months after the September 11, 2001 attacks.


Von Essen is a graduate of St. Francis College, class of '72.

St. Francis College college in Brooklyn, New York City

St. Francis College is a private college in Brooklyn Heights, New York. It was founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, a Franciscan order, as the St. Francis Academy and was the first private school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Francis College began as a parochial all-boys academy in the City of Brooklyn and has become a small liberal arts college that has 19 academic departments which offer 72 majors and minors.

In 2002 he was made an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. [1]

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In 1993 Von Essen was elected as President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association representing the department's firefighters. He was formerly a Senior Vice-President at Giuliani Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani-Von Essen LLC. [ citation needed ]

The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater NY is Local 94, the Union representing New York City Firefighters.

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In October 2017 Von Essen was named FEMA Regional Administrator for Region II in New York City by President Donald Trump. [2]

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Personal life

He and his wife, Rita, have four children; the youngest is actor and singer, and Tony nominee Max von Essen. [3]

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Fire appointments
Preceded by
Howard Safir
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Nicholas Scoppetta