New York State Police Superintendent D'Amico resigns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state's top cop is stepping down.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico announced his resignation on Friday to pursue "other opportunities" that he did not disclose.

D'Amico has spent 35 years in law enforcement, including 17 years at the New York Police Department. He also served as the chief investigator at the New York state attorney general's office.

He became the leader of the State Police in 2011 after being nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who will also pick D'Amico's successor.

the Democratic governor called D'Amico "an outstanding public servant" and said he will miss him both professionally and personally.

Cuomo noted that during his tenure, D'Amico led the State Police through snow storms, hurricanes, prison breaks, a manhunt and anti-terrorism investigations.