NYPD nominee Alison Esposito bids farewell to the NYPD

Former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, punctuated her 25-year career in law enforcement with a celebratory walkout from her former command in Brooklyn.

“When I served in the NYPD, my life was my officers and the people we served. I never imagined any other way,” Esposito said in a statement.

The ceremonial end to her NYPD career included cheers and praise from former colleagues after her official departure from the force after becoming the GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor after the June 28 primary, according to her campaign.

The second-generation cop joined New York’s Finest in 1997, where she served in Manhattan and the Bronx, with stints in civilian clothes and anti-gang units before rising to become commander of the 70th Precinct in central Brooklyn, according to her campaign website .

She has drawn on her law enforcement background to explain her latest career move, running alongside Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk), the GOP nominee for governor, this November against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and Lt. gov. Antonio Delgado ran for lieutenant governor.

Alison Esposito
NYPD Assistant Inspector Alison Esposito ended her 25-year career in law enforcement on Wednesday.
Alison Esposito Lee Zeldin
Alison Esposito is the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and Lee Zeldin’s running mate.
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“One day I looked at the seat I was sitting in and the hat I was wearing and I realized it wasn’t enough,” she said in the statement.

If elected, she would be the first openly LGBTQ person to hold national office.

Esposito has since become an outspoken proxy for Zeldin, championing an anti-crime message while blasting Democrats for backing bail changes and other criminal justice reforms in the face of rising crime.

If elected, Alison Esposito would become the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to national office.
If elected, Alison Esposito would become the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to national office.
William Farington

Esposito would have few formal powers if elected beyond the nominal presidency of the Senate, but her career in law enforcement adds to Zeldin’s campaign message of being the law and order nominee.

“With a nearly 25-year career as the leader of the nation’s largest police force, Alison will be a critical voice in our government’s efforts to combat the rampant crime that plagues New York. This is one of many areas where Alison brings boundless passion, vision and experience to save our state,” Zeldin said in a statement. NYPD nominee Alison Esposito bids farewell to the NYPD


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