Since joining DEP in 1983, Commissioner Vincent Sapienza has dedicated his career to protecting and improving New York City’s critical water infrastructure. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sapienza served in two senior positions within the agency, leading the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment from 2009 through 2014, and then heading the Bureau of Engineering, Design and Construction until June 2016. He then served as Acting Commissioner until his appointment as DEP Commissioner on October 3, 2017.
According to Sapienza, “Our mission at DEP is to equitably provide services that promote the health and wellbeing of all 8.6 million city residents, while continuing to be a good neighbor and partner with dozens of upstate communities. New Yorkers are fortunate to have an ample supply of some of the best drinking water in the world, thanks to the foresight and toil of seven generations of our predecessors, and the continuing vigilance of current DEP staff.
“We’ve also invested heavily in recent years on wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities, resulting in less street flooding and significantly healthier waterways. The City’s beaches, rivers and bays are cleaner today then they’ve been in more than a century. Still, there is much work to do, and we are investing in major capital upgrades to ensure that recreational opportunities can be further expanded.
“We must ensure that our massive infrastructure, which extends more than 100 miles from the city, is maintained in good operating condition and is resilient. To do that, we actively recruit individuals with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, and we provide them with extensive training and opportunities to advance within DEP. We also promote a culture of efficiency and innovation, recognizing that DEP’s operating and capital costs are directly funded by New Yorkers through water bills.”
Mr. Sapienza is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer and holds a B.S. from Columbia University and an MBA from Hofstra University’s School of Business.