NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor-elect Eric Adams‘ new administration is continuous to take form.
Adams has mentioned he desires range on his crew. With that in thoughts, he introduced Tuesday that former Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez would be the subsequent Department of Transportation commissioner.
“First Latino to turn out to be the commissioner of DOT,” Adams mentioned.
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Fittingly, Rodriguez thanked Adams in Spanish and mentioned he’ll proceed to develop applications that assist underserved neighborhoods and communities, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.
“Sure, I’ve my robust accent. Open your ear to listen to my phrase, but in addition everybody know that I’ve all the time advocated for the protection of pedestrian and cyclists,” Rodriguez mentioned.
The mayor-elect additionally introduced he’ll preserve Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk as his Taxi and Limousine Commission commissioner. She has served in that submit since final yr.
“We’re laying the groundwork for restoration, together with complete options to deal with medallion-related debt, and shifting the company to a client-service mannequin that higher serves its licensees in order that they’ll deal with incomes a dwelling as skilled drivers,” she mentioned.
Heading into the brand new yr, the administration can have two new positions. Considered one of them will likely be chief expertise officer. Matt Fraser will tackle that function and mentioned the important thing to his success will likely be democratizing entry to metropolis providers.
“Whenever you work together with town from a expertise perspective, or a from enterprise perspective, there’s no motive why you may’t come to 1 place to get entry to all of the issues that you simply’re entitled to,” Fraser mentioned.
He talked about tackling the digital divide and ensuring town’s providers are secured.
The opposite new function — an effectivity czar — is a place that’ll be held by Melanie LaRocca.
She’ll deal with slicing waste at metropolis companies.
“What are we doing right here and the way is that this serving New Yorkers,” LaRocca mentioned.
Extra bulletins from the mayor-elect are anticipated, together with well being and sanitation commissioners.
CBS2’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report.