Steve Banks, the chief attorney at the Legal Aid Society, has been appointed to lead the city’s Human Resources Administration, and Nisha Agarwal will serve as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this afternoon.
Mr. Banks has lead the organization, which provides free legal service, since 2004. Three years earlier, he ran unsuccessfully against Mr. de Blasio in a City Council race.
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Emily Lloyd has been tapped to return to her old gig as the commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection, and Donna Corrado will serve as the next commissioner of the Department for the Aging, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today.
Ms. Lloyd is currently the president of the Prospect Park Alliance. She served as DEP commissioner in the Bloomberg administration from 2005 to 2009 and previously served as the commissioner of the Department of Sanitation under the Dinkins administration, according to the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon rolled out the members of his housing team, promising a “total reset” of the previous administration’s approach to public housing.
Shola Olatoye will serve as the new chair of the New York City Housing Authority, Cecil House will continue to serve as NYCHA’s general manager, Vicki Been will head the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Gary Rodney will serve as president of the Housing Development Corporation, Mr. de Blasio announced at a press conference at the Lincoln Houses in Harlem.
Mayor Bill de Blasio will appoint Phil Walzak to serve as his press secretary, sources confirmed.
Mr. Walzak, a longtime member of Mr. de Blasio’s campaign communications team, previously worked as a spokesman for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and as President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign spokesman in the Badger State.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made his latest round of appointments Monday, naming half-a-dozen advisers who will oversee community affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Operations and the Department of Youth and Community Development.
Bill Chong, currently a deputy commissioner with the Department for the Aging, will serve as commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development, leading the new administration’s efforts to expand after-school programs for middle school kids, Mr. de Blasio said at his first press conference in the Blue Room of City Hall.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced his latest appointment this morning, naming long-time children’s advocate Gladys Carrión to head the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.
Ms. Carrión, who has served as the commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for the past seven years, will be tasked with overseeing the protection of the city’s most vulnerable children, from protective services to foster care placements.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today announced his latest hire, appointing Dean Fuleihan budget director.
Mr. Fuleihan, who will be charged with negotiating the city’s future budgets, has spent most of his career in Albany, working for the New York State Assembly, including as chief fiscal and policy advisor.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made his first administration appointments this morning, naming government veteran Anthony Shorris his first deputy mayor and close aide Emma Wolfe his director of intergovernmental affairs.
Mr. Shorris, who previously served in the Koch administration and as executive director of the Port Authority, will be charged with managing the day-to-day operations of city government and overseeing services and nearly every city agency–essentially serving as Mr. de Blasio’s right-hand man.