Frankel named to lead FBI’s Newark division

A veteran FBI agent who began his career investigating organized crime in New York and oversaw terror investigations at home and abroad will now lead the bureau’s Newark, New Jersey division.

FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment of James Frankel on Monday. Frankel replaces Aaron Ford, who retired this month.

Frankel started with the FBI in New York in the mid-1990s, investigating the Gambino organized crime family. He later steered investigations of a plot to bomb synagogues in the Bronx and plots to explode bombs in the New York City subway system and Times Square.

Frankel also was involved in overseas investigations, including the terror attack at the Westgate mall in Kenya.

Before joining the FBI, Frankel was assistant district attorney for Suffolk County on New York’s Long Island.

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