About Us

Providing Investigative and Protective Services throughout New York and Nationwide Since 2001.

NY Finest involves clients from the very beginning of our business relationships to ensure that their needs are met in a manner that is relevant, meticulous and cost effective. From start to finish, from planning to deployment, we treat organizations and individuals with discretion, loyalty and confidentiality. Our goal is to deliver an outstanding service, allowing those we are supporting and protecting to concentrate on their primary objectives.

NY Finest is located in Sparkill, NY. Our office is just 15 minutes from Manhattan, NY. The firm is licensed by the NYS Secretary of State, Bonded and Insured. We offer a complete listing of services for corporate and private citizens. Please see our Services page for more information.

Michael Del Gardo
Sgt. NYPD Ret.

Michael Del Gardo is a Partner and co-founder of NY Finest. Michael enjoyed a successful career within the NYPD, retiring with the rank of Detective Sergeant. Mike was Commanding Officer within the highly successful Detective Robbery Identification Unit. He has personally supervised over 5,000 serious criminal investigations during his tenure. In 1992, the Westside Crime Prevention Society, a highly active NY City political organization dedicated to safer streets, awarded Mike "Man of the Year".

Michael is responsible for the management and oversight of administration including staffing and human resources, licensing compliance, training, contract admin-istration and office operations.

Michael O’Brien
Det. 1st Grade Ret.

Michael O’Brien is a Partner and co-founder of NY Finest. Michael retired from the New York City Police Department with the rank of Detective, First Grade within the homicide squad; a rare appointment made by the Police Commissioner to only a few detectives who have reached a high level of achievement through their outstanding work.

He has received awards from the New York, New Jersey Crime Clinic, the Law Day Association and from the United States Attorney’s Office of Mary Joe White. Michael has consulted for a number of crime series and has appeared as a guest on Fox News Channel.

As a Partner at NY Finest, Michael oversees NY Finest day-to-day operations including protective and investigative assignments. Michael also supervises advanced preparations and logistical support for all events.


The American Express Tower was severely damaged after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mike O’Brien and his staff were originally contracted for six weeks to supplement our unarmed security. We were so pleased with them we extended them to a year!

Jim Creagh
Vice President, American Express