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    Mayor de Blasio Appoints Annabel Palma as Commissioner and Chair of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “From fighting inequities laid bare by COVID-19 to her work launching critical programs at the Department of Social Services to representing her community in the City Council, Annabel has dedicated her career to making government work better on behalf of the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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    Mayor de Blasio appoints the first Asian American woman to the New York City Board of Health. Dr. Kwon is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She also serves as the director of NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded Center of Excellence, the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health.
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    Mayor de Blasio names Gabrielle Fialkoff as Commissioner of the Department of Parks. “Gabrielle Fialkoff is committed to fighting inequality and has shown her dedication to providing opportunities for open space and outdoor recreation in neighborhoods that have often been overlooked, underinvested in, and disconnected from the possibilities New York City has to offer,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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    Mayor de Blasio appoints Anita Laremont as Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning. “Anita Laremont brings vision and experience to the City Planning Commission, and she will be a tireless fighter for more equitable, inclusive, and dynamic neighborhoods across the five boroughs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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    Mayor de Blasio appointed Peter Hatch as Commissioner of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. Mr. Hatch served as the City’s COVID-19 Public-Private Partnership Czar, is an experienced leader with a long record of public service dedicated to improving the lives of working families.

Message from the Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio

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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio
State of the City Address
February 11, 2014