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.

Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources”

Hot 97 Hosts Beg de Blasio to ‘Move Out of the Hood’

Bill de Blasio last night. (Photo: Pool)
Bill de Blasio last night. (Photo: Pool)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97’s morning show to stage an intervention.

Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side more than three months after his election. Continue reading “Hot 97 Hosts Beg de Blasio to ‘Move Out of the Hood’”

De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed the notion that he’s dragged his feet in filling his new administration, insisting that very few posts remain vacant.

“I’m not a lawyer …  but I will be on the watch for premises that may not be accurate. A large number of agencies is a debatable point,” said Mr. de Blasio when asked about the criticism at a press conference today announcing three new hires. Continue reading “De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments”

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”

De Blasio Spends Nearly an Hour With Ex-Pussy Riot Members

Bill de Blasio's meeting earlier this meeting. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio’s meeting earlier this evening. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly than an hour this evening meeting with ex-members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot–longer, some noted, than he’d spent meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder last month.

The women–Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who spent nearly two years in Russian prison for performing a government protest song in a Moscow Church in 2012–were warmly greeted by the mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, exchanging hugs and kisses on the cheek. Continue reading “De Blasio Spends Nearly an Hour With Ex-Pussy Riot Members”

Bill de Blasio Appoints Carl Weisbrod City Planning Commission Chair

Carl Weidbrod at his appointment press conference.
Carl Weidbrod at his appointment press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed Carl Weisbrod, the co-chair of his transition team, to be the new chair of the City Planning Commission.

Mr. Weisbrod has more than three decades of experience in city government, which Mr. de Blasio touted this afternoon as he announced the appointment at a press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Appoints Carl Weisbrod City Planning Commission Chair”