Merryl H. Tisch and NYPD Commissioner
William Rapfogel and Janet Napolitano
NYPD Commissioner Lauds
Homeland Security Chief
LTHOUGH Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano was the guest of honor at the
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s 36th annual
legislative breakfast, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
got his share of plaudits too.
"NYPD has the finest security
department of any police in the world," Mayor Michael
Bloomberg declared while praising the city’s longest serving
police commissioner at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Kelly affirmed she has been "an
indispensable partner" with the NYPD in keeping New York safe.
Met Council CEO William Rapfogel
presented the organization’s National Leadership Award to
Napolitano for her role in advocating the rights of New Yorkers.
Sen. Charles Schumer noted that
the Homeland Security chief "has gone to bat for New York in
ways that are unpublished."
Napolitano told about her meeting with
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at his
downtown office. "I got the skyline tour of the Lower East Side
and most of all Henry Street where the assemblyman grew up."
She said that her department partners
with organizations like Met Council to help communities respond
to disaster and other hardships. "Homeland security begins with
home town security. And you can’t have home town security
without organizations like Met Council."
She added, "We coordinate things
specifically for the Jewish community. The Jewish Federations of
North America were one of the first partners in the ‘See
Something, Say Something’ Homeland Security campaign."