Former FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta dead at 83

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NEW YORK — Former FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta has died. He was 83.

Scoppetta was a key figure in rebuilding the FDNY following the attacks on September 11th.

“As Fire Commissioner, Nicholas Scoppetta was instrumental to rebuilding the FDNY during a time of unimaginable loss and devastation.  The Department is stronger today thanks to his leadership in the years following September 11th. He was truly a public servant without peer, and we deeply mourn his loss,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Scoppetta served as FDNY commissioner from 2002 to 2010 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In 2009, Scoppetta retired, leaving behind a rich legacy of change. Under his watch, the FDNY hired more than 6,000 firefighters and promoted more than 2,000 officers.

The New York native’s career as a civil servant spanned five administrations and six decades.

A former foster child, he founded the Administration for Children’s Services.

“Nick cared deeply for the safety and wellbeing of our city’s foster children,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City is better today because of Nick Scoppetta.”

He also served as deputy mayor and commissioner of investigation.

The cause of death was not immediately released.