Capital New York:
Six months and still no buildings chief, by Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: Bill de Blasio has been mayor for almost six months but still hasn’t named a commissioner for the Department of Buildings. Former buildings commissioner, Robert LiMandri resigned at the end of the Bloomberg administration, leaving acting commissioner Thomas Fariello to lead a department that’s synonymous we the the term bureaucracy. “In a lot of ways, the department is pretty self-sufficient, at least over the near term. It’s got five borough commissioners and a staff of roughly 1,000. But what it’s lacking, say experts, is leadership.”
The administration hasn’t been sitting on its hands. The mayor’s aides “have been turned down repeatedly,” Dick Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, said. Sources said Maggie Kwan, an executive with high-rise experience at Tishman Construction, is being looked at closely. Kwan had no comment and the administration would not confirm that she was a candidate. “We have a strong leadership in place and will announce a new DOB commissioner once the decision is made,” said Maibe Ponet, a de Blasio spokeswoman, in an email.