As Group President for Public Policy and External Affairs in New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications, Paul Crotty played an important part in their post-September 11 recovery plan.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Verizon faced the tough task of trying to restore their downtown telecommunication services. Underground cables at a Verizon building at 140 West Street were badly damaged, yet it was essential to restore phone lines in order to facilitate the coordination of emergency services.
Verizon workers ended up stringing phone lines out the windows of police headquarters to their Pearl Street switching station. They also put in 18,000 emergency phone lines in the days following the attack. Crotty went on to serve on the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation’s board – the group that oversaw the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.
He served as New York City Corporation Counsel during Giuliani’s first term, also served in the Koch Administration as Commissioner of Finance and Commissioner of Housing. Crotty was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2005. He assumed senior status on August 1, 2015.
All four of his grandparents are from Clare.