Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources

Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: www.planning.org)
Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: planning.org)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce tomorrow that Mitchell Silver will be the new parks commissioner in his slowly-growing administration, sources say.

Mr. Silver is the former president of the American Planning Association, and is currently the head of planning in Raleigh, North Carolina. He formerly worked as a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, D.C., according to an online bio.

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De Blasio Taps Council of Urban Professionals Executive to Lead Office of Appointments

Chloe Drew. (Photo: aspeninstitute.org)
Chloe Drew. (Photo: aspeninstitute.org)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped the former executive director of the Council of Urban Professionals to lead his recruitment efforts going forward.

Chloe Drew has joined the growing administration as director of the Mayor’s Office of Appointments, a City Hall spokesman confirmed. In her new role, Ms. Drew will take over the work performed by Mr. de Blasio’s transition team, assisting the mayor and his deputies in making commissioner-level appointments, as well as appointments to the city’s numerous municipal boards. Continue reading “De Blasio Taps Council of Urban Professionals Executive to Lead Office of Appointments”

De Blasio Appoints Fred Dixon Head of City’s Tourism Office

Fred Dixon.
Fred Dixon. (Photo: NYC & Company)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Fred Dixon to serve as the next president and CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s tourism office, the mayor announced this afternoon at the group’s annual meeting.

Mr. Dixon, the former executive vice president of the nonprofit, has been serving as interim head since the departure of George Fertitta at the end of last year. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Fred Dixon Head of City’s Tourism Office”

De Blasio Appoints Human Resources and Immigrant Affairs Commissioners

Bill de Blasio unveiling his latest appointments this afternoon.
Bill de Blasio unveiling his latest appointments this afternoon.

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Human Resources and Immigrant Affairs Commissioners”

De Blasio Appoints Aging, DEP Commissioners

Emily Lloyd. (Photo: nycgovparks.org)
Emily Lloyd. (Photo: nycgovparks.org)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Aging, DEP Commissioners”

Bill de Blasio Appoints Members of Housing ‘Dream Team’

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)

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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Appoints Members of Housing ‘Dream Team’”

Mayor de Blasio to Name Phil Walzak Press Secretary

Mayor Bill de Blasio's new press secretary Phil Walzak on NY1. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new press secretary Phil Walzak on NY1. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)

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. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio to Name Phil Walzak Press Secretary”