NYPD’s new boss admits she’s already exhausted by the job



Well, it is the city that never sleeps!

NYPD Commissioner-to-be Keechant Sewell croaked her way through a series of TV appearances Thursday — admitting she is already exhausted from her historic new job.

“I apologize — my voice is a little off this morning,” a hoarse-sounding Sewell, 49, said during a live hit on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just after 6:30 a.m.

Sewell blamed her weariness on a “whirlwind day” Wednesday, when she was officially introduced by Mayor-elect Eric Adams as his historic pick as the Big Apple’s first female police commissioner.

Still, she smiled as she noted she has been put through “aggressive meetings to hit the ground running” before she officially takes charge on Jan. 1.

After a raspy Sewell got through the interview, host Joe Scarborough told her, “Good luck with your voice.”

Keechant Sewell greets officers at a press conference announcing her as the pick for the New York Police Departments police commissioner on Dec. 15.
Keechant Sewell greets officers at a press conference announcing her as the pick for the New York Police Departments police commissioner on Dec. 15.
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“And some sleep,” the exhausted-looking commish joked. “Maybe I’ll get some sleep.”

That prompted Scarborough to quip, “You’re not gonna get that for about four years,” referring to Sewell’s pressure-packed new job.

During her rounds of TV stations, the current chief of detectives in Nassau County repeatedly praised Adams, who is replacing Bill de Blasio — the term-tied mayor well known for his perennial tiredness and sleeping through alarms.

Sewell and Adams walk together in New York.
‘I certainly won’t let him down,’ Sewell, left, said of Adams, right.
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“I am thrilled that Mayor-elect Adams had the vision to see this through, to give me the opportunity, to give a woman the opportunity,” Sewell told Fox 5’s Good Day New York of her “monumental appointment.”

“I certainly won’t let him down,” she vowed.

Sewell on morning television.
‘I don’t take it lightly,’ Sewell said of being the first female appointed to lead the NYPD.

Later, on “Good Morning America,” she added, “I believe I am prepared for this moment.”

“I don’t take it lightly. Representation matters to little girls everywhere, and matters to people everywhere, and the fact that he gave me this opportunity means the world to me,” she said.

She also praised Adams for having “made it clear in no uncertain terms that I’m a police commissioner.

“I certainly want to collaborate with the mayor but he is certainly giving me the autonomy I need to get this done,” she said.

During her interviews, Sewell remained respectful of the fact that she has yet to take charge of the force, including when she was asked about the deadly gun battle in Queens early Thursday involving an off-duty NYPD lieutenant.

“I certainly don’t wanna comment on that investigation — we can only have one police commissioner at a time,” she told Fox 5 of current Commissioner Dermot Shea.

She also refused to be drawn when asked about The Post’s exclusive story revealing that the frontrunner for the position, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, lost out over her concerns that Adams might create a new job for a deputy mayor to oversee the department.

“I have no information on the scope of that position or the idea for what that position would encompass, so I really can’t discuss that at all,” Sewell said.


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