Mayor also names counsel, Aging departments head
From Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced three key appointments to his administration on Tuesday. The mayor named Maya Wiley as Counsel to the Mayor, appointed Donna M. Corrado to serve as commissioner at the Department for the Aging and Emily Lloyd as commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection.
“Today’s appointees are well-respected leaders with first-hand knowledge about delivering quality service for their constituencies and are no strangers to handling difficult tasks and large-scale projects. Their impressive track records speak for themselves, and I couldn’t be prouder or more confident in their capabilities and commitment to service,” said Mayor de Blasio.
Maya Wiley is a civil rights attorney with extensive experience advocating on behalf of the poor, the marginalized and the underserved in New York City, across the country, and around the world. Wiley is the President and Founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, which she founded in 2002 to support ideas, strategies and leadership to transform the relationship between institutions and policies in order to better promote racial equity, opportunity and prosperity for all. Wiley has also enjoyed an illustrious legal career, and brings to the de Blasio administration a lifetime of advocating for equal access and opportunity under the law.
As Counsel to the Mayor, Wiley will advise the mayor on legal matters involving City Hall and the executive staff, as well provide counsel to the mayor on the legal aspects of policy and administrative matters. She will also spearhead special projects, such as efforts to invest in New York’s technology infrastructure and expand broadband access across all five boroughs.
“Mayor de Blasio has made rebuilding and strengthening the ladder of opportunity central to his mission to lift New York out of the income inequality crisis we are in. Inequality – in any form – has been the focus of my entire professional career, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this administration to help enact policies that will ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their backgrounds, have a shot at success,” said Wiley.
Emily Lloyd, currently the Administrator of Prospect Park and President of the Prospect Park Alliance, is a veteran of city government with the experience and management skills necessary to manage and conserve the city’s thousands of miles of watershed and infrastructure. This is in addition to overseeing the regulation of air quality, hazardous waste, and critical quality of life issues. She will be tasked with improving the resiliency of the city’s aging water infrastructure to better prepare for upcoming storms, continuing to repair and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and helping home and property owners better understand their waters bills and navigate the billing dispute process.
“At a time when natural resources are increasingly scarce and extreme weather events are increasingly common, we need to get much more prudent about managing our water supply and ensuring our infrastructure is ready to handle any storm that might strike next. The very safety and well-being of New Yorkers are at stake. We also need to create a much more accessible and user-friendly department that serves all New Yorkers – one that allows our customers to understand, and, if necessary, contest and their bills quickly and easily. I’m grateful to be able to take the lead on forging that path,” said Lloyd.
Donna M. Corrado, a committed and experienced leader who spent more than 22 years working at Catholic Charities, has dedicated her career to expanding—and improving—social services for New York City’s most vulnerable residents. Corrado will be charged with spearheading Mayor de Blasio’s plan to protect the city’s seniors in the face of rising costs of living. This includes keeping seniors center open, preserving and expanding affordable housing options, and improving outreach and service delivery to the city’s elderly.
“Almost a quarter of our seniors live at or below the poverty line—even with social security benefits. This is unacceptable. With a growing elderly population that’s expected to double by 2040 and growing living costs in New York City, we need to do more to reach our seniors. I am humbled and encouraged by the opportunity to do so on such a broad level. I look forward to working with community partners and social service organizations to bolster and revamp service delivery for our most elderly New Yorkers. Our seniors deserve not only respect, but the care and support of our city agencies,” said incoming DFTA Commissioner Donna M. Corrado.