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December 16, 2018

NYC Council confirms De Blasio’s new DOI commissioner

November 29, 2018
Margaret Garnett, DOI nominee, speaks during a confirmation hearing for new DOI Commissioner in City Council Chambers Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in New York. (Barry Williams for New York Daily News)

Mayor de Blasio’s handpicked investigations commissioner sailed through a City Council confirmation Wednesday after convincing the panel she could be an independent watchdog.

Margaret Garnett, a former federal prosecutor, said she was proud to be the city’s next Department of Investigations Commissioner, and vowed to “preserve its legacy of ensuring integrity.”




“I understand that a DOI commissioner must lead by example and set an exceptional standard,” Garnett said in a statement. “It is a responsibility that I will carry with me every day.”

Garnett was nominated after de Blasio took the extraordinary step of firing DOI chief Mark Peters for what the mayor called abusive behavior by trying to grab control of the school system’s investigative office.

But Peters, who had been feuding with City Hall for months, shot back in a letter to the city council that the mayor sacked him for issuing critical reports about the de Blasio administration.

Council members said Garnett would be able to stay above the fray.

“She came before us and presented a compelling argument as why her vast professional experience and temperament make her an outstanding candidate to lead the Department of Investigation,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

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