De Blasio names Jessica Tisch tech czar after network crash

De Blasio names Jessica Tisch tech czar after network crash

Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed former NYPD tech chief Jessica Tisch to be the new Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications commissioner, six months after her predecessor left following a network crash.

“Jessica’s knowledge of technology and her drive to get things done are unmatched,” de Blasio said Thursday.

City Hall’s former DoITT commissioner and chief information officer, Samir Saini, resigned in June after 18 months in the position to go to the private sector. He now works for Sarona Partners, which helps Israeli tech startups.

Saini had ignored a federal warning about a Y2K-like software bug that crashed the city’s official wireless network for a week last spring.

Tisch’s tenure at the NYPD, where she launched body-worn camera and tablet programs, was not without its hiccups.

The department’s high-tech fingerprint database was temporarily crippled by a virus, and a $160 million smartphone program became obsolete after just two years.

The Harvard College, Law and Business School grad is a native New Yorker whose grandfather Larry Tisch was the billionaire owner of the Loews Corporation with his brother Bob.

Tisch told The Post that the fingerprint database was only offline for a few hours and the smartphone program “has been a transformation success for the NYPD.”

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