Recommended by Senator Charles Schumer and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, Michael Greco was appointed by President Barack Obama on March 17, 2015, as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York. President Barack Obama announced Greco’s nomination by stating “Michael Greco has dedicated his career to protecting fellow citizens” and “I am honored to nominate him.”
Senator Schumer stated, “Michael has all the attributes needed to be a tremendous law enforcement professional – he is thorough, fair, and has a passionate commitment to an impartial application of the law. Michael has served his country with honor, and excellence, having been a first responder on 9/11 and so much more in the realm of public service.”
Marshal Greco is one of 94 United States marshals in the country, one for each federal court district and he oversees operations for the Southern District of New York, which includes Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Bronx and New York counties.
Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Rockland County, Marshal Greco entered the New York State Police Academy in 1982. As a 32-year veteran of the New York State Police (NYSP), Marshal Greco earned a myriad of awards and citations throughout his career, including eight NYSP Superintendent Commendations, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Award of Honor” and the NAACP “Unsung Hero” Humanitarian Award.
Marshal Greco has been an active member of the Rockland County community for many years. He was past-President for both the Rockland County Police Hispanic Society and the Rockland Road Runners; and Vice-President of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club (Hudson Valley Chapter). He also served on the Rockland County Commission on Human Rights as a Commissioner, vice-chairman and ultimately as chairman. Additionally, he often took a leadership role with many events, activities and fundraisers through the years benefitting Rockland residents and members of the law enforcement and military communities.
Marshal Greco and his wife Sabrina reside in Pomona, New York and have four children – Diana, Mark, Brianna and Brittney. The United States Marshals Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the country dating back to 1789 when the first 13 marshals were appointed by President George Washington. Federal Marshals have served the country since 1789, often in unseen but critical ways. The Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative.
Approximately 3,843 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency. The duties of the U.S. Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program.