It’s been an unusual year for the Department of Buildings in New York City, with a handful of incidents that have made national headlines — along with an unfortunate corruption arrest — giving the entire operation a black eye.
But now, with the help of a Hollis Hills resident, the DOB hopes to right the ship this year.
[Robert] LiMandri comes to the appointment [of Commissioner] with six years of experience in the upper echelons of management within the DOB itself. He is extremely familiar with the borough where he makes his home, having been seen by residents most recently at a meeting with the mayor and his cabinet at York College. While there, LiMandri answered questions from the audience about everything from crane safety to the impact of larger buildings moving into their neighborhoods.
According to LiMandri’s biography, he grew up on Long Island and attended New York University for his Master’s Degree, after attending Clarkson University and majoring in mechanical engineering. He spent much of his time working with firms in the private sector, before joining the DOB as deputy commissioner of operations in 2002.
In 2005, he was appointed as the first deputy commissioner, a position he held until his recent promotion.
LiMandri already has a reputation for being a no-nonsense type, saying in numerous published reports that he intends to root out the complacency and corruption that has tarnished the DOB’s name in recent months.
His first order of business is to recommit the agency to a three-year plan, which began in 2009, to improve transparency within the agency to improve safety and ease of access to information for everyone who resides in the city.