The Business Council of Westchester announced that New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the longest serving Police Commissioner in the city’s history, will be the keynote speaker at its Annual Fall Dinner to be held Wednesday, October 23 at the Hilton Westchester.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ray Kelly as the keynote speaker for our Annual Fall Dinner. His long and distinguished career in law enforcement and counterterrorism has drawn praise both nationally and internationally. Commissioner Kelly’s efforts in reducing the city’s crime rate has helped spur economic growth in New York City, which has benefited Westchester’s economy as well. We look forward to his keen insights on some of the most pressing security issues facing our nation today,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester.
Kelly was appointed Police Commissioner by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in January 2002, making him the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure. He also served as Police Commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins from 1992 to 1994. Under Commissioner Kelly’s leadership, the NYPD became the first municipal police department in the country to develop its own counterterrorism bureau and global intelligence program. Commissioner Kelly also established a Real Time Crime Center, a state-of-the-art facility that uses data mining to search millions of computer records and put investigative leads into the hands of detectives in the field. Under his tenure, NYPD has driven crime down by 40% from 2001 levels.
A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Commissioner Kelly served in 25 different commands in the department before being named Police Commissioner. A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Commissioner Kelly retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service. He holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a JD from St. John’s University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
For information on sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Fall Dinner, contact Allison Calvert at (914) 948-2110.