Ray's Open Road


Police Commissioner

“A lot of people don't think about what makes them happy or what they want to do. They do it because their father did it; they go to the family business or they go to the family school.”


Government Armed Services


Fulfillment Passion Money & Financial Security


Accomplishing Goals


  • He grew up on the west side of Manhattan, back when it was still a dangerous place.
  • After graduating from college, he joined the NYPD's first police cadet program marketed to college grads.
  • He immediately loved police work-says that the adrenaline rush of responding to a call excites him.
  • All three of his older brothers had joined the Marine Corps, so when he was offered a commission to their officer program, he accepted.
  • Left the NYPD for three years to serve in the Vietnam War, but immediately returned after his active duty was over.
  • From there, he quickly rose through the ranks; he was promoted to captain, and then he was elected commissioner for two terms.
  • Says that everyone he knows who chose a career based on salary is not very happy.
  • Urges road-trippers to think about why they love what they love, and to make sure they're not just following someone else's career path.

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