NEW YORK — The New York State Senate on Tuesday rejected a nomination of former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who had been on the list of Trump’s potential Cabinet picks for weeks.
Kelly had been considered for the post of acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Senate voted 51-49 to reject the nomination.
Kelly, 63, is a former prosecutor and NYPD officer who has served as a senior aide to Gov.
He has previously served as president of the New York Police Benevolent Association, a police union.
The police union has endorsed the president-elect’s candidacy.
Kelly’s nomination has drawn the ire of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has called for him to resign from his post as police commissioner.
The group has criticized the Trump transition team for holding a news conference in which Kelly was named as the vice president-to-be for the newly formed Department of Defense.
Kelly was an adviser to Trump for the presidential transition.
Kelly is a Democrat who served as commissioner of the city’s largest police department for more than 10 years before he was forced out in 2012 over allegations of sexual harassment.
He said in a statement Tuesday that he will not be resigning his position in the city government and will continue to serve as an adviser.