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

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

Press Release Dec 21, 2011

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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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 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.

After joining the newly revitalized OEM as Chief of Staff, McCarty was promoted to Deputy Director of Field Operations, and later to Deputy Director for Special Operations. In these positions, he served as either Incident Commander or On-Scene Coordinator for the most involved emergencies in New York City during that period.

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In 1999, McCarty joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II's Branch Chief, Operations and Planning in the Response and Recovery Division where he coordinated preparedness and or disaster relief efforts during such events as Y2K, Hurricane Lenny, Operation Sail 2000, United Nations Millennium Assembly, and the World Economic Forum. In 2000, he was requested by the United States Department of State to provide technical assistance Dominican Republic's Civil Defense during Hurricane Debby. He also assisted the countries of Guatemala, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic in the development of emergency response plans.

During the World Trade Center disaster, Jerry served as the FEMA representative to the New York City Office of Emergency Management; and subsequently served as FEMA's Deputy Operations Section Chief where he was instrumental in coordinating the federal response to the recovery efforts all among private and public agencies impacted by the disaster. Following his work at the World Trade Center site, was assigned as Division Director, National Preparedness Division. McCarty joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2004 as General Manager, Emergency Management and since then has led a broad range of readiness initiations to include: agency-wide emergency operations plan development; organization and implementation of a corporate business continuity programs; expansion and enhancement of the authority's emergency operations center and field response assets. Additionally, he has coordinated responses to several significant emergency events to include Port Authority assistance to the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

McCarty has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master in Public Administration from John Jay College of the City University of New York. His awards include The United States Department of Agriculture Award of Excellence, The New York Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Achievement, The Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies Medallion of Merit, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Award of Achievement.


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