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Mid-Hudson St. Patrick Parade Committee

Meet Our Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal

George Anderson

Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade for 2017



George W. Anderson



George Anderson was born in New York City, on July 8, 1961, in Manhattan, to George A. Anderson and Catherine M. Anderson (nee Moore.)  George traces his Irish heritage to his maternal grandmother, Mary Moore (nee O’Shea), who hailed from County Cork.  The family spent the first 6 months of George’s life on Nelson Avenue in The Bronx, then next 6 years on Shaffer Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the rest of his formative years till he was married on Stephen Street in Ridgewood, Queens.  George attended public schools up through high school, attending Catholic religious instruction during “Release Time” Wednesday afternoons at St. Matthias School in Ridgewood.  Upon his graduation from Grover Cleveland High School, George attended City College on Convent Avenue in Manhattan, pursuing a pre-medical curriculum.


When it became apparent that medicine was not to be his life’s work, George joined the New York City Housing Police Department in January 1982, and began his career on patrol in Police Service Area (PSA) 5.  He was promoted the ranks to Captain in July 1994, and became a member of the NYPD during the merger of the Housing Police in 1995.  He continued to move up in the ranks, attaining the rank of Assistant Chief in August 2007, the third highest uniformed rank in the Department.  In addition to his patrol work in PSA 5, he commanded the Personnel Bureau’s Staff Services Section and the Police Academy.  He also served as the Executive Officer of the Personnel Bureau and the Police Academy.  Chief Anderson retired from the NYPD in August, 2011, from the Office of the Chief of Patrol.


After retiring from the Police Department, George joined the security firm of AlliedBarton Security Services, the largest privately-owned American security firm, where he served as Vice President, Operations for the NYC region.  His responsibilities included management of security operations for a host of commercial, residential and government clients in the NY region.  Notably, George managed the Port Authority of NY and NJ contract for AlliedBarton, providing security services at the major airports of NY and NJ and the World Trade Center.


In October, 2015, George joined the Port Authority of NY and NJ as the Director, World Trade Center Security.  In this capacity, George is responsible of the security of this iconic location, home of the Freedom Tower.  With his team and in partnership with the Port Authority Police and NYPD, George works to ensure that all who work at and visit the World Trade Center campus are safe and secure.


In addition to his professional life, George is an avid Hibernian, serving as Vice President of the Division in 2012 and 2013, and President in 2014 and 2015.  In addition to his service with the AOH, George was Headquarters Vice President of the NYPD Emerald Society for the better part of his career in the Department.


George has been married to his wife, Kathryn, a pharmacist for Target, for 30 years, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Kaitlyn, who was the Founding Past President of the Junior Division, LAOH 5 in Monroe, and was a competitive Irish Step Dancer who competed at Nationals.  Kaitlyn currently attends Southern Methodist University, where she is a Sophomore studying Engineering.  Despite their lifelong residence in New York City up to the time of their marriage, George and Kathy decided to pull up stakes and move to Monroe, NY in 1988.  They are members of Sacred Heart Parish since moving to Orange County.