Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Lt. Col. James Hendon as Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS). Lt. Col. Hendon is the former Director of the NYU Veterans Lab and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who serves as the New York City Lead for the 75th Innovation Command.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Deanne B. Criswell will serve as Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department. Criswell brings over 25 years of experience in federal, military and local government response to complex incidents and disasters, including six years at FEMA, to the department.
Our public employees represent a thread that runs through this Administration - a belief that public service is a noble calling - that part of what makes New York special is helping our neighbors navigate life's challenges, big and small. New York's drive and diversity are unparalleled in this country, and we have appointed a City Administration that proves it - putting our best women and men in charge of delivering city services with efficiency and integrity. This is a team that knows how to execute its core responsibilities - while never losing sight of the fact that we're called to be part of a larger mission as well. We must lay the foundation now for the strength
and stability of New York’s future…a future of greater
equality and opportunity.