Ex-BX resident, NYC police commissioner accepts Homeland Security nomination

Former Bronx resident and New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has accepted President Bush's nomination to head up the Department of Homeland Security.

Kerik received national attention while serving as police commissioner during the September 11th attacks. His performance is what President Bush says the country needs. The president said in every performance Kerik has demonstrated a deep commitment to justice, a heart for the innocent and a record of great success.

The former top cop said his role during 9/11 has prepared him for the position. Kerik played an important role in trying to reduce crime in the Bronx and improve police/community relations.

The Senate must approve Kerik's nomination before he can officially take over for Tom Ridge, who recently stepped down as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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