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The reason D'Amico left the NYSP

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    The reason D'Amico left the NYSP

    The head of the State Police blindsided Gov. Cuomo with his resignation — which was fueled in part by his being used a pawn in the rift between the governor and Mayor de Blasio, sources told The Post.

    Joseph A. D’Amico, 56, was unhappy that Cuomo repeatedly urged him to put a state trooper barracks in the Big Apple, the sources said.

    D’Amico and Cuomo had another argument about it on Friday, which led to his sudden resignation that day, according to sources.

    Last year, Cuomo sent a scouting team to Manhattan to pick a location for the barracks, which he hoped to station a couple hundred state troopers.

    “This is [Cuomo] flexing his muscles,’’ a law-enforcement source said at the time.

    He had since checked in with D’Amico several times, asking what kind of progress he’d made with the barracks plan, sources said.

    But the three-decade law-enforcement veteran felt that New York City already had enough officers, with more than 35,000 cops on the force, and he wanted to use his resources elsewhere, sources said.

    About 50 state troopers had already been sent to the city to assist MTA polioce officers patrolling trains and subway platforms at Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.

    Cuomo’s office and a State Police spokesman denied that the rift played a role in D’Amico’s decision.

    “It’s not factual,” the police spokesman said.
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