2010-05-21 / Top Stories

Buildings Appoints Deputy Commissioner

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri has announced the appointment of Eugene J. Corcoran to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement, the first time a former law enforcement official has joined the senior leadership of the Department of Buildings (DOB) in its history. Since 2003, Deputy Commissioner Corcoran served as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York where he was responsible for overseeing complex protective and investigative missions, including the protection of federal court judges and court witnesses, the apprehension of fugitives throughout the world and the coordination of various criminal investigations involving federal, state and local agencies. Prior to his Presidential appointment as United States Marshal for the Eastern District, Deputy Commissioner Corcoran served as a Deputy Chief for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department where he was responsible for all police field operations for the largest mass transportation system in the country. He also served for more than 20 years in the New York State Police where he was elevated to the rank of Captain and supervised police and administrative operations statewide.

As Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement, Corcoran will oversee more than 120 attorneys, investigators and inspectors whose primary mission is to investigate the work of contractors, developers, licensed professionals and any others who violate the NYC Construction Codes and Zoning Resolution and prosecute these offenders at the Environmental Control Board and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. He will oversee DOB’s Office of Internal Audits and Discipline, which investigates employee misconduct and unlicensed construction operations. He also will assist DOI in the operation of the Buildings Special Investigations Unit, a specialized unit that investigates unethical business practices and unsafe construction.

“Eugene Corcoran has more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels of law enforcement, and his great expertise is exactly what this Department needs to better ensure the safety of buildings and construction sites,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “Since 2008, this Department has put a new focus on public safety, and through new laws, increased enforcement and more outreach, fatal construction accidents have significantly declined. But there are some industry members who continue to flout the law and put the safety of New Yorkers at risk.

Eugene’s unique experience as a veteran police officer, investigator and administrator in the world of law enforcement will help us refine our operations to target the worst offenders and make sure they are held responsible for their actions. I am very pleased he has joined our team, and I am confident he will have an enormous impact.

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