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De Blasio names Bratton NYPD commissioner

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Newly-appointed NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Newly-appointed NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Bill Bratton holds up personal copy of children's book, Your Police. Bill Bratton holds up personal copy of children's book, Your Police.
Anthony E. Shorris give a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Anthony E. Shorris give a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday he had selected William Bratton, 66, to succeed Raymond Kelly, the longest-serving commissioner in NYPD history.

"Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter," de Blasio said. "He knows what it takes to keep a city safe, and make communities full partners in the mission."

Bratton first served as NYPD commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from 1994 to 1996. It is the second time Bratton will be taking over for Kelly.

Their tactics are largely credited with beginning a sharp decrease in the city's crime rate.

"Mayor-Elect de Blasio's priorities are my priorities," Bratton said. "This is the best police force in the nation, and we are going to ensure our men and women have the best technology, the most innovative tactics and the strong support of the communities they protect."

Bratton was also head of the Los Angeles and Boston Police departments and most recently worked with several private security firms. De Blasio made the announcement at the Red Hook Justice Community Center.

Several elected officials weighed in on the appointment.

"Mayor Elect de Blasio has made a smart choice for New York in picking Bill Bratton, a law enforcement veteran with a proven record, to lead the City’s police force," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "As the former Police Commissioner of Boston, Los Angeles and New York, Bill Bratton took on and successfully reined in historically high crime in some of the nation's largest cities."

But one council member did not approve of the appointment.

"Bratton is the architect of racial profiling stop and frisk. I'm sure Bill De Blasio will say to give Bratton a chance. However, we did already and he failed us," Councilman Charles Barron of Brooklyn said in a statement. "This appointment is unconscionable."

Meanwhile, the president of the union representing the NYPD's rank and file called Bratton a "solid choice."

"Commissioner Bratton has an international reputation as a problem solver and innovator. His problem solving style has been to be inclusive of all parties affected by a problem and that's the best way to find solutions," PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Commissioner Bratton to improve the morale of our officers and to support the shield we wear."

The outgoing commissioner praised the choice.

"I congratulate Bill Bratton on his appointment and welcome him back to One Police Plaza. I look forward to working with Bill to ensure a smooth transition," Kelly said in a statement. "Today, our city is safer than ever before with historic decreases in crime, including record low shootings and murders, and I am confident that record of safety will continue."

On Wednesday, de Blasio named Anthony Shorris as his first deputy mayor. Shorris is a former executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He now works at New York University.

Shorris also served as deputy education chancellor and former Mayor Edward Koch's finance commissioner. He also directed Princeton University's Policy Research Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The first deputy mayor is traditionally the mayor's right hand, in charge of running the city's day-to-day operations.

De Blasio also named Dominic Williams & Emma Wolfe to Shorris' chief of staff and internal government affairs, respectfully.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed the structure somewhat. Patricia Harris was first deputy mayor and top aide, but Bloomberg empowered the deputy mayor of operations to run things.

De Blasio has suggested he'll alter the structure back to the more traditional format.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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