Former judge named Schenectady's new public safety commissioner

October 31, 2017 02:07 PM

SCHENECTADY - A familiar face in and around Schenectady — former Judge Michael Eidens, will now become the Public Safety commissioner.

The 67-year old Eidens has a long list as lawmaker and justice. That includes time as a former acting New York State Supreme Court justice.

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With the way the law has changed, this role will now act in a more judicial capacity.

WEB EXTRA: Full announcement naming former Judge Michael Eidens Public Safety Commissioner

Eidens succeeds Wayne Bennett, who died back in August after a battle with cancer. Bennett had been Public Safety Commissioner for 10 years and head of the New York State Police before that.

Eidens puts more of the "order" into the "law and order" of the job, holding both police and firefighter discipline.

"I've developed many good relations over the years with the police department and their officers. I don't think it's going to be a problem. The feedback that I've gotten already from the ones that have approached me about it is very positive," said Eidens. "I think they're comfortable that I will be fair. I have no agenda and I've handled this sort of thing so many times."

"The opportunity to get somebody of the quality and integrity and experience of Judge Eidens – I really just jumped on it when I called him and we met and he said he'd be interested in taking it and put it together rather quickly and we're here today because of it," said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

Eidens officially takes office on November 13.

Also on Tuesday, Kristin Diotte was named the director of development.


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