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Head Of D.C. Youth Rehabilitative Services Leaves For NYC Job

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By David Schultz

When Vincent Schiraldi, a Brooklyn-native, received a call from the Bloomberg administration, it was an offer he couldn't refuse.

"They just called me out of the blue," says Schiraldi. "I just got a call one day from a recruiter that works for Mayor Bloomberg and [he] asked me if I was interested in coming up and looking. So I said 'Yeah, sure.'" Schiraldi's new title will be Commissioner of the Department of Probation.

During his nearly five-year tenure in D.C., Schiraldi made some powerful enemies, especially among judges and prosecutors who felt he was too soft on juvenile offenders. But he's leaving on his own terms, and Schiraldi says that's because the city's political establishment was behind him.

"If it wasn't for Mayor Fenty and the support I had from the council," he says, "there's no way this would be a celebratory moment."

Fenty is expected to name Schiraldi's successor in a few weeks.

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