De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks

Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today's press conference. (Photo:  Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today’s press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Call him Mayor Robin Hood–for parks at least.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new parks commissioner today threw their weight behind the idea of getting wealthy, privately-funded parks conservancies to help subsidize parks with less green–but stopped short of endorsing making such an arrangement mandatory. Continue reading “De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks”

De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver New Parks Commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of respected city planner Mitchell Silver as the city’s new parks commissioner, hailing him as “a visionary” with “a passion for fairness and equality.”

Speaking at a press conference at Seward Park on the Lower East Side, Mr. de Blasio praised Mr. Silver, who is current the head of planning for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, as someone who will lead the department in a more equitable direction. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver New Parks Commissioner”

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”