Gerard McCarty Appointed Chief of Staff at the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

McCarty will continue his role as professor in MCNY’s graduate Emergency and Disaster Management Program.


NEW YORK, NY- December 20, 2011 -- Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) congratulates Professor Gerard McCarty on his recent appointment as Chief of Staff at the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. McCarty will leave his recent role as General Manager, Emergency Management with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Emergency Preparedness, Response and Incident Management. In this position, he was responsible for emergency management programs across the organization. He will continue his role as Professor in MCNY’s graduate Emergency and Disaster Management Program.

“When Professor McCarty steps into a classrooms, students understand immediately that what they are about to hear is cutting edge information based on events that have typically happened in the previous 24 hours.  The value of this kind of information for our students is inestimable,” states Chuck Frank, Assistant Director of the MCNY MPA-EDM program.  

 “On behalf of Metropolitan College of New York, I would like to congratulate Gerard McCarty on his new position. We are extremely proud to have him as a member of the faculty as he possesses abundant professional experience and direct knowledge within the emergency management field,” states Ali Gheith, Director of Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program. 

MCNY’s 16-Month Masters of Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management is a highly specialized degree that covers planning, management, logistics, response, relief, recovery and economics associated with managing emergency situations.  Examples of classes within this program include the “Economics of Hazards and Disasters,” “Public Health Systems and Preparedness, “Terrorism and Disaster Management” and Organizational and Municipal Continuity Planning.”

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About Metropolitan College of New York:

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women's Talent Corps in 1964.  Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people.  It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY).  MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college.  Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study.  MCNY is conveniently located where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

About Gerard McCarty

Gerard McCarty mostly recently served as General Manager, Emergency Management, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the agency’s Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Incident Management programs. Before joining the Port Authority in 2004, Jerry had already achieved a distinguished list of accomplishments in law enforcement, public safety and emergency management in the New York City region and elsewhere. In October 1973, McCarty joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and served in a variety of uniformed and undercover roles to include an assignment in the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit. In 1995, he joined the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations as the First Deputy Mayor's representative to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), then a unit within the NYPD, and supervised the transfer of OEM to an independent organization within the Mayor's Office to include the recruitment of a new director and the selection of hiring of staff.

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