NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann to step down: union

Amanda Woods | NY POST

NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann is set to resign by the end of the month, according to the union representing the city’s correction officers.

Brann, who has served as commissioner for three-and-a-half years, is expected to work her last day in the role on May 31, according to the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.

Union president Benny Boscio issued a blistering statement early Tuesday, blasting the violence in city jails during Brann’s tenure and what he described as “gross mismanagement.”

“Under her watch, Cynthia Brann presided over one of the darkest chapters in the history of our agency, marred by record levels of jail violence, including thousands of assaults on Correction Officers, the botched management of COVID-19 in the jails, resulting in the death of nine officers, and most recently, the gross mismanagement that has led to Correction Officers forced to work triple shifts without meals and rest,” the statement said.

“Her failed leadership even drove 1,000 officers to resign over the last two years — a bleak reflection of the lowest levels of morale among our members in recent memory,” it continued. “COBA has long called for accountability at the top, beginning with her ouster, and hopefully, with her departure, we can turn the page and finally put the safety of everyone in our jails first.”

Brann was named commissioner in October 2017 after serving four years as a deputy commissioner with the department, according to the city.

She has 38 years of correction and public safety experience, according to her online bio.

The Department of Correction did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.