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Outgoing Queens North Commanding Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, left, and incoming Queens North Commander Chief Juanita Holmes listen as 112nd Precinct Community Council Chairwoman

There’s a new boss coming into the NYPD command that oversees precincts across northern Queens.

Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, chief of the Domestic Violence Unit, is replacing Deputy Chief Diana Pizzuti as commander of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North, which shares headquarters with the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills.

Pizzuti, who has commanded the eight precincts of Queens North since 2007, received a sendoff during the 112th Precinct Community Council’s meeting on Wednesday night at the Forest Hills stationhouse as she prepares to take on her new role as Chief of Personnel at One Police Plaza.

Pizzuti is part of a shakeup in the higher brass of the department following the appointment of the NYPD’s new commissioner, James O’Neill.

“This is a promotion,” she explained to the community council members, “but it is bittersweet. I am going to miss all of you. I am really going to miss all of you.”

Her move comes after Pizzuti found herself in the middle of a controversy involving lavish dinners she and former Queens South Commander James Secreto had with disgraced former Queens Library President & CEO Tom Galante, reportedly on the library’s dime. There is no indication that Pizzuti was removed from her post because of the controversy and, as she told the community council, the move is a promotion. Secreto is now chief of the Housing Bureau.

Pizzuti introduced Holmes at Wednesday’s community council meeting. Holmes, who was raised in Queens and worked on the beat in the Rockaways and in Bayside during her three-decade long career with the NYPD, said she was excited about taking on the role.

Pizzuti said she stressed the importance of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association’s 112th Precinct chapter, of which she was very involved.

“We will certainly keep that important tradition going,” Holmes promised.

Pizzuti was also honored with a cake from the community council, congratulating her on her promotion.

The NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North includes the 104th (based in Ridgewood), 108th (Long Island City), 109th (Flushing), 110th (Elmhurst), 111th (Bayside), 112th (Forest Hills), 114th (Astoria) and 115th (Jackson Heights) precincts.

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