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Chief Judge DiFiore appoints Michael Magliano as new safety chief of New York State

January 12, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore presents Chief Michael Magliano with a proclamation after she officially swore him in as the new chief of public safety for the New York State Unified Court System. Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo
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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore was at the Kings County Supreme Court to officially swear in Michael Magliano as the new chief of public safety for the New York State Unified Court System during a ceremony in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday.

“Mike is one of the most decent, compassionate and hardworking people I’ve ever met,” said Chief Joseph Baccellieri Jr., who served as the master of ceremonies for the event. “We all know that he has an effusive and contagious sense of humor [and] is a most competent leader and role model who exudes the qualities we look for in our job. Everyone should have the good fortune of having a Mike Magliano as a friend, brother and colleague.”

In his new position, Magliano will run the Department of Public Safety and will supervise approximately 4,000 employees who oversee the 350 courthouses in the state. Magliano was most recently the chief of citywide operations before receiving the promotion.

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More than 200 of Magliano’s friends and co-workers filled the ceremonial courtroom in the Kings County Supreme Court, criminal term, for the event. The court’s ceremonial unit, led by Chief James Campbell, provided the introduction for the event and DiFiore was on hand to give remarks, present Magliano with his new badge and administer the oath of office.

Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge, also gave brief remarks, and both Hon. Fern Fisher, deputy chief administrative judge for New York City courts, and Hon. Matthew J. D’Emic, administrative judge for the Kings County Supreme Court, criminal term, were also on hand to congratulate Magliano.

“This is obviously a very important position in the court system,” said Marks. “Courthouse security is an absolute top priority from all of us to judges to non-judicial personnel and to everyone who enters the courthouse every day. It requires strong leadership and management. Of all the very qualified people who applied for this position, Mike Magliano stood out as the most qualified with a very impressive resume.”

“It is a challenging job, but I will tell you that after completing our search we have found the right person,” said DiFiore. “He is the most experienced, most qualified and most committed person to serve as head of security for our court system. He knows this system from the ground up. He started as a uniformed court officer in 1983 and rose through the ranks on the strength of his competence and skill.”

After DiFiore presented Magliano with his new badge and a proclamation, he thanked everyone in the room including Fisher and D’Emic as well as Daniel M. Alessandrino, chief clerk for criminal matters, his family, friends and fellow court officers. He also saved a tearful thank you for his mother.

“When Judge DiFiore walked in she said it is humbling, and to say that I’m overwhelmed and humbled would be an understatement,” Magliano said. “I’m truly blessed in my life. Anyone who knows me knows the driving force that is behind my life is my mother. My father passed away when I was six years old and my mother became my mother and my father. Ma, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you, and I dedicate this day to you.”


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