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Melanie E. La Rocca, Commissioner

Commissioner

Commissioner Melanie La Rocca

As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, Melanie E. La Rocca regulates and promotes the safe and lawful use of nearly 1.1 million buildings and more than 45,000 active construction sites. As Commissioner, Melanie is furthering the agency's efforts to create a culture of safety on construction sites and enforce laws to protect all New York City residents, workers, and visitors. Under Commissioner La Rocca's leadership, the agency is redoubling its modernization efforts to improve response times, bring clarity and consistency to agency operations, and insist on the highest standards of integrity, both in the construction industry and within the Department.

Previously, Commissioner La Rocca was Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the School Construction Authority (SCA), where she oversaw the Authority's Real Estate Group and worked with communities throughout the city to create new schools for the city's children. As part of this work, Melanie played a key role in implementing Mayor de Blasio's Universal Pre-K program.

Prior to joining SCA, Commissioner La Rocca served as Chief of Staff to Christine C. Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council, and was a member of Queens Community Board 1. She received her bachelor's degree from Fordham University.

Commissioner La Rocca is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Queens resident.

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Constadino 'Gus' Sirakis, P.E., First Deputy Commissioner

First Deputy Commissioner

First Deputy Commissioner Gustadino 'Gus' Sirakis

Appointed First Deputy Commissioner in 2019, Constadino (Gus) Sirakis is a licensed Professional Engineer with several decades of experience in improving construction standards and ensuring compliance with the Building Code.

Gus joined the Department of Buildings (DOB) in 2006. In recent years he served as Deputy Commissioner of Development and Technical Affairs, Assistant Commissioner of Technical Affairs and Executive Director of Technical Affairs where his projects included the revision of the structural provisions of the 2008 and the 2014 Construction Codes, the establishment of DOB's Concrete Enforcement Unit, and the development of DOB's Special Inspection Requirements for new technology, materials, and national standards. Today, FDC Sirakis is leading another revision of the Construction Codes, including an effort to incorporate all DOB requirements into one single set of rules for existing buildings – an unprecedented effort that will help building owners more readily comply with our regulations.

Since beginning his professional career, Gus has worked as a structural engineer and project manager at several architectural and engineering consultation firms, designing, inspecting and overseeing various projects, including sports stadiums and high-rise buildings, both here and abroad.

FDC Sirakis is respected by colleagues and stakeholders alike. He is the recipient of multiple awards and has served with distinction on the International Code Council since 2007. Gus is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexandra Fisher, Esq., Deputy Commissioner

Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Alexandra Fisher joined the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Legal & Regulatory Affairs. In this role, she oversees the Department's Office of Internal Audits and Discipline, which investigates employee misconduct and unlicensed construction operations, and work closely with the City's Department of Investigation (DOI) to root out corruption at all levels within the construction industry. She also assists DOI in the operation of the Buildings Special Investigations Unit, a specialized unit that investigates unethical business practices and unsafe construction work that warrants criminal prosecution.

Prior to joining DOB Deputy Commissioner Fisher put her experience to use at the Department of Corrections and the NYC Fire Department. Most recently she served as First Executive Director of Performance Analytics at the NYC Office of Payroll Administration (OPA) where she was responsible for ensuring City compliance with applicable Federal, State, and City employment and ensuring the integrity, accuracy, and operational effectiveness of payroll systems.

A dedicated public servant, Deputy Commissioner Fisher earned her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from of New York University.

Timothy E. Hogan, Deputy Commissioner

Enforcement

Timothy E. Hogan, Deputy Commissioner

Timothy E. Hogan serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement in the New York City Department of Buildings since 2012. With more than three decades of law enforcement experience, Deputy Commissioner Hogan oversees the Department's Enforcement Division, including all emergency and safety operations, complaint inspections and construction accident investigations.

Deputy Commissioner Hogan understands the importance of public safety and the need to consistently evaluate and improve operations. He manages 34 units and handles construction safety, construction complaints, accident response and investigation, Continuity of Operations and major disaster assessment and response. Deputy Commissioner Hogan also assists in the investigation of unethical business practices and unsafe construction work that warrants criminal prosecution.

During his career, Deputy Commissioner Hogan developed an expertise in building security, blast mitigation and emergency management, including security consultation for five courthouse construction projects. He previously served as the Chief Deputy United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York where he was responsible for the protection of the federal judiciary, threat investigations, criminal investigations, building security, fugitive apprehension, prisoner custody, asset management, and fiscal integrity.

A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Deputy Commissioner Hogan attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a certification in Secondary School Education. Mr. Hogan currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife of thirty years and their two children.

Sharon Neill, Deputy Commissioner

Finance & Administration

Sharon Neill, Deputy Commissioner of   Finance & Administration

Sharon Neill is a dedicated public administrator with over 20 years of experience in financial management, budget and administrative services in government and higher education. As the Department's Deputy Commissioner of Finanance & Administration, Ms. Neill is responsible for the Agency's $327 million operating and revenue budgets, asset management, and human resources.

DC Neill began her career working in construction management as a project manager. She transitioned into public service at the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a capital budget analyst and moved up the ranks to become the Assistant Budget Director of the Administrative Agencies and Elected Officials Task Force. Ms. Neill directed the task force in the preparation, administration and oversight of $1.3 billion in operating funds and $200 million in annual capital commitment funds for over thirty administrative agencies and elected officials.

Prior to OMB, DC Neill served as the Assistant Vice President of Budget and Finance for the CUNY Hunter College. In that role she supported Hunter's financial planning and resource allocation of over $200 million in operating funds. In addition, she oversaw the administrative and support services of Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budget and Planning, Bursar, Office Services, Payroll, and Purchasing.

Deputy Commissioner Neill earned her Master of Public Administration from City University of New York John Jay College, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. A resident of Queens, Deputy Commissioner Neill enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their two children.

Leena Panchwagh, Deputy Commissioner

Operations

Leena Panchwagh, Deputy Commissioner

As the Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Leena Panchwagh oversees the New York City Department of Buildings' (DOB) Information Technology, Borough Operations, Customer Service, Code and Rule Implementation and Project Management teams. She diligently leads strategic initiatives to modernize and transform DOB's information technology infrastructure and business processes.

Prior to serving as Deputy Commissioner, Leena served as DOB's Chief Information Officer. She has been a key partner in re-engineering the way the DOB interacts with stakeholders. Working closely with senior leadership, Leena has led DOB's strategic initiatives relating to digital transformation and re-engineering the Agency's legacy processes and framework. Before to joining Buildings, Leena served as the Chief Information Officer at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and an Executive Director at Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

With DC Panchwagh spearheading operations the Agency provides online inspection requests, simpler and faster job filings, and access to licensing and permit renewals electronically. Her instinct to assess an operation, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and push for progress puts DOB well on the way to full online integration.

Leena is an information technology expert with over 27 years of professional information technology experience with 13 years dedicated to New York City public service.

Martin Rebholz, R.A., Deputy Commissioner

Development & Technical Affairs

Martin Rebholz, R.A., Deputy Commissioner

Martin Rebholz is a New York State Registered Architect with over 30 years of experience in the fields of architecture and construction. He is the Department's Deputy Commissioner of Development and Technical Affairs, overseeing all operations and technical matters regarding the construction of buildings in New York City; the development of new Construction Codes; and compliance with our Codes and the City's Zoning Resolution.

DC Rebholz has been an essential part of the Department's leadership since 2011 when he joined as the Deputy Borough Commissioner of Manhattan and later Borough Commissioner. His expertise contributed to some of the most complex and defining projects in New York City.

Martin's experience before joining the Department ― operating his own architectural firm, and as the Director of Building Code Compliance for the New York City School Construction Authority ― cultivated his deep understanding of the laws governing construction and the importance of providing professional, efficient public service.

Martin's imprint on the design industry both in the private and public sectors has always provided context for efficient and safe construction. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his work in the design industry and for his service to the public. Most recently, Martin was honored by the NYC Zoning Advisory Council for making a positive impact on New York City through his outstanding and diligent leadership of the zoning and planning community.

DC Rebholz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife of more than 38 years and their three children who have followed in his professional footsteps to work in engineering, business and public safety.

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