The Buildings Department announced that its new Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement is Eugene J. Corcoran, making this the "First Time in Department History a Police Official Has Joined Senior Leadership" (full press release after the jump). The DOB has been under fire in the past few years, after a series of tragic construction accidents, like the Midtown crane collapse (neighbors had complained about the crane), the Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement oversees investigations and prosecutions of buildings as well as DOB staffers.

BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF ENFORCEMENT EUGENE J. CORCORAN New Deputy Commissioner Has More Than 30 Years of Law Enforcement Experience First Time in Department History a Police Official Has Joined Senior Leadership

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today 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, Mr. 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, and work closely with the City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) to root out corruption at all levels within the construction industry. 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 work that warrants criminal prosecution.
“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 on the future of this Department.”
“I would like to thank Commissioner LiMandri for this wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of this Department,” said Deputy Commissioner Corcoran. “From New York’s federal courtrooms to its underground subway tunnels, I have focused on protecting New Yorkers throughout my law enforcement career, and now I am eager to add construction sites to that list. Construction is vital to the economic future of this City, but the safety of the public will be my top priority, and I expect my work will lead to better investigations and better construction across the five boroughs.”

Deputy Commissioner Corcoran began his law enforcement career in 1978 as a Trooper in the New York State Police. During his 21-year career with the State Police, he rose through the ranks and held several key positions, including Lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation where he supervised the high-profile arrest and investigation of Joel Rifkin, the most notorious serial killer in New York State history. As a Captain, he commanded the State Police’s massive response to the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 which resulted in the deaths of 230 people. In 1999, Deputy Commissioner Corcoran was appointed as Deputy Chief of the MTA Police Department to oversee the merger of the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Rail Road police departments. In this position, he had direct responsibility for all uniform, detective and administrative operations of the MTA Police Department. After being appointed as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District in 2003, he led the United States Marshals Service’s Regional Fugitive Task Force and was a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multi-agency group including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPD.

Deputy Commissioner Corcoran has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.