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White Plains Safety Chief Named Person of Year

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong packed a New York City restaurant as three mayors and hundreds of his former New York City Police Department (NYPD) colleagues gathered to welcome Chong as the 2012 Year of the Dragon Person of the Year.

The NYPD Asian Jade Society honored Chong's achievements during its 32nd Annual Dr. Lin Scholarship Dinner Dance earlier this February. James Ng, the society's president, said Chong was bestowed with the honor for his commitment to the Asian community.

"Since he left, he's always been a great supporter of the Asian Jade Society. Even when he became the commissioner in White Plains and the commissioner in Mount Vernon. He’s always wondering how everyone is doing and what’s going on with the society," said Ng. "He never forgot where he came from."

Chong rose from a NYPD cop to the city's post-9/11 commander of counter-terrorism. After 22 years with the NYPD, Chong worked as the police commissioner in Mount Vernon. He was then tapped to lead White Plains' police and fire departments. Chong also teaches criminal justice courses at Berkeley College in White Plains.

"People always look up to him for the way he went up the ranks from a police officer to now a commissioner of a whole city," Ng said of the 1,000 plus, record-breaking crowd that attended the Dr. Lin Scholarship Dinner Dance. "We had to actually turn people away because we were full. They remembered him as a good guy and they all came back to support him."

Chong said he was honored to receive "this prestigious award" from the Asian Jade Society, which was created in 1980 to promote diversity within the NYPD.

"My family and I am equally honored to have been joined by my many peers, friends and colleagues, including three mayors for that special evening," said Chong.

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