Vincent Schiraldi was named Commissioner effective June 1, 2021. He has decades of experience in government, direct services, and public policy. Commissioner Schiraldi most recently served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Columbia School of Social work and co-Director of the Columbia Justice Lab. He was also the founder of the policy think tank, the Justice Policy Institute. In 2014, Mr. Schiraldi served as Senior Advisor in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where he was instrumental in implementing Mayor de Blasio’s criminal justice reforms. From 2010-2014, he served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation. From 2005-2010, he served as the Director of Juvenile Corrections in Washington D.C.
Commissioner Schiraldi pioneered efforts at community-based alternatives to incarceration in New York City and Washington DC and has gained a national reputation as a reformer who emphasizes the humane and decent treatment of the men, women, and children under his correctional supervision. A native New Yorker, Commissioner Schiraldi received an MSW from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, and is a graduate of Regis High School in New York City.
Heidi Grossman was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters/General Counsel in 2014. As the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, Ms. Grossman is the Chief Legal Officer of the Department of Correction and provides legal advice and counsel to the Commissioner, agency officials, and staff. Before joining the Department, Deputy Commissioner Grossman worked at the New York City Law Department, where she served as Deputy Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division.
She began her career with the Law Department in 1989, serving in various divisions as an Assistant Corporation Counsel and in various supervisory roles litigating federal and state institutional reform, class-actions, and monetary damage suits. In 2003, Ms. Grossman also became the coordinator for the Law Department's public service program, which sought volunteer legal services from large law firms in order to lessen the burden of the city's caseload. Ms. Grossman received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and the U.S. District Courts for the Sothern and Eastern Districts of the Second Circuit.
Peter Thorne was named Deputy Commissioner of Public Information in September 2014. Before joining the Department, he was Director of Communications for the Office of the New York City Comptroller.
Prior to that, Thorne served as an anchor and reporter for 10 years with WPIX-TV in New York City.
He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards – for best government reporting, best hard-news reporting, and journalistic enterprise, as well as many other press honors from the Associated Press and the New York State Broadcasters Association.
Before WPIX, he was a news anchor and reporter at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles.
He is a graduate of Yale University, with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science
Patricia Feeney was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Quality Assurance and Integrity in January 2018. In this role, DC Feeney has continued to ensure that the Department complies with existing city, state, and federal regulations and internal policies. D.C. Feeney assists in the development of policies and procedures, the development of compliance plans, and supervises the peer mentoring program that supports and trains facility staff. D.C. Feeney oversees the units responsible for inspections and audits that support the agency’s compliance program: 1) the Compliance and Safety Center, 2) Compliance Audit Unit, 3) the Emergency Preparedness Unit, 4) the Environmental Health Unit, 5) the Engineering Audit Unit, 6) the Fire Safety Unit, 7) the Office of Policy Compliance, 8) the Policy and Procedures Unit, and 9) the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Unit. Compliance with PREA standards, State Commission of Correction regulations, Board of Correction regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and Health Codes create safe and secure facilities. These compliance programs are essential to supporting the agency’s 14-point violence reduction plan. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Feeney served as the Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Health. She brings to this new position more than 28 years of NYC Department of Correction experience. D.C. Feeney attended Union College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is also a Registered Sanitarian in the State of New York.
Maureen Danko was appointed Chief Information Officer/Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology of the Department of Correction in December 2015. Ms. Danko oversees all areas of Information Technology (IT) and Data Analytics and Research, including strategic planning, application development, data and systems management, and network and infrastructure.
She joined the Department of Correction as the Director of the IT Project Management Office in October 2011. Before joining the Department, Ms. Danko worked in the airline and hospitality industries. Her broad background in IT includes strategy and business development, project management, telecommunications, database and network-systems management, software and data-applications development, IT business solutions, and IT infrastructure management.
Patricia Lyons was appointed Deputy Commissioner overseeing Financial, Facilities and Fleet Administration in December 2019. Her portfolio includes Budget Management and Planning, Central Office of Procurement, Facility Maintenance and Repair Division, Fleet Maintenance and Operations Unit, and the Central Warehouse Operations Division. Ms. Lyons career in the Department began in January 2013 as the Assistant Commissioner for Financial Management and Budget Administration with subsequent promotion to the Associate Commissioner for Budget Management and Planning in December 2015.
Deputy Commissioner Lyons brings to the Department over 20 years of experience in fiscal and operational management in New York City. She began her career at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as an Assistant Budget Analyst in May 1999. Ms. Lyons moved on from her position as a Senior Budget Analyst at OMB in February 2004 to become the Director of the Management and Budget Analysis Section at the New York City Police Department. In September 2008, she assumed the position of PlaNYC Budget Administrator at the New York City Department of Transportation and was promoted to the Deputy Executive Director of Financial Management and Analysis in April 2011.
Ms. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York..
Nadene M. Pinnock, Esq. was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources in May 2016. In this role, Ms. Pinnock is responsible for all agency hiring, payroll, timekeeping, and human resources operations, including the recruitment and processing of the largest recruit classes in the Department’s history.
Her career with the Department began in January 2006 as an Agency Attorney. In October 2009, Ms. Pinnock was appointed Deputy General Counsel where she interpreted laws and judicial decisions and led the implementation of minimum standards of the Department’s oversight bodies including the Board of Correction and the State Commission of Correction.
Before joining the Department, Ms. Pinnock was an Associate at two law firms, Connors & Connors, P.C. and Goldberg & Associates where she was responsible for management and defense of commercial and insurance matters.
Ms. Pinnock is a SHRM Certified Professional. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and her Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.
Sarena Townsend was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Intelligence, Investigation & Trials Division in July 2021. In this role, Ms. Townsend will oversee and manage all facets of the Correction Intelligence Bureau (CIB) while also overseeing the Investigation Division (ID), and the Trials and Litigation Division. Oversight of all three divisions under Ms. Townsend will ensure the integrity, quality, and fairness of all investigations and prosecutions.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Townsend served as the head of the Trials and Litigation Division.
In this role, she oversees both the investigation and prosecution of staff misconduct. Ms. Townsend has 14 years of professional experience in the fields of investigation and criminal prosecution.
She also served as Deputy Bureau Chief at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she supervised trials and successfully prosecuted violent felony cases, with a specialization in sex crimes prosecutions.
In 2006, Ms. Townsend received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She graduated cum laude from New York University in 2003.
Lawrence P. Dail was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Training & Development in September 2018.
In this capacity, Mr. Dail oversees and supports all recruit, in-service, leadership development, and promotional training for the Department’s uniformed and non-uniformed workforce. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dail served in continuing education roles in higher education institutions where his focus was on the development of work-related skills and competencies to help adults prepare for their next promotion or prepare unemployed men and women to reconnect with the workforce in a meaningful way.
Prior to joining the department, he served as Director of Workplace Learning at the City University of New York, School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) where he helped a range of city agencies devise learning strategies to satisfy compliance mandates or deliver impactful professional development sessions and change the culture. He is a Certified Professional in Learning Performance and is presently working on a Doctorate in Adult Learning, & Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College where his concentration is on performance management, feedback, and neuroscience. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in History from McDaniel College.
Justin Von Bujdoss was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness in March 2018.
In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight of all Staff Wellness Initiatives, Staff Chaplains, C.A.R.E. Unit, Ministerial Services, and reports directly to the Office of the Commissioner.
Chaplain Von Bujdoss previously served, since September 2016, as Staff Chaplain. Von Bujdoss is an accomplished multi-faith leader, with extensive experience as a Hospice and Hospital Chaplain, and an emerging leader in the field of Correctional Wellness.
He is a graduate of Antioch College and has completed clinical pastoral education training from the New York Zen center for contemplative care.
Von Bujdoss is an ordained Buddhist priest, and has over 25 years of training within the United States as well as various monasteries throughout India.