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Mayor Names Lorraine Grillo NYC’s ‘Recovery Czar’ in Response to Ongoing Pandemic – NBC New York

What to Know

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Lorraine Grillo because the Senior Advisor for Recovery — a position that may name for Grillo to coordinate the mayor’s recovery agenda in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In this new position as the town’s “Recovery Czar,” Grillo, who’s the present CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority, will coordinate the town’s recovery efforts throughout authorities businesses, non-profits and the non-public sector.
  • Grillo has served on the School Construction Authority since 1994 and serving as its president since 2010.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Lorraine Grillo because the Senior Advisor for Recovery — a position that may name for Grillo to coordinate the mayor’s recovery agenda in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In this new position as the town’s “Recovery Czar,” Grillo, who’s the present CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority, will coordinate the town’s recovery efforts throughout authorities businesses, non-profits and the non-public sector. Additionally, Grillo will work with the New York City Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity to push for financial justice throughout all recovery efforts.



“New York City was hit with an unprecedented health care and economic crisis. Together, we’re taking unprecedented steps to drive a recovery for all of us,” de Blasio stated in a press release. “As New York City’s first-ever Recovery Czar, Lorraine will cut through bureaucracy, coordinate across all agencies, and reach out to non-profit and private partners to make sure our recovery is felt in every borough, every neighborhood, and every block.”

Grillo’s new appointment is efficient instantly. She will transition from her roles as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority. According to the town, Grillo brings expertise “in building physical infrastructure, fair and equitable contracting, and putting the concerns of low-income New Yorkers first.”

Grillo has served on the School Construction Authority since 1994. After efficiently opening 26 new faculties, which on the time was the one most profitable year in SCA historical past, she was appointed the company’s president and CEO in 2010.

Subsequently in February 2014, de Blasio reappointed Lorraine to her position making her one in all solely two re-appointments from the prior administration and the longest serving SCA president.

Over the years, Grillo has constructed over 80,000 Ok-12 college seats and over 9,000 common Pre-Ok seats, the town notes. Grillo has coordinated virtually 4,000 capital enchancment tasks in the Big Apple and has managed a complete of $28 billion in budgets. Grillo’s staff was additionally liable for the reopening of 71 faculties broken by Hurricane Sandy in document time.

“I build things. That’s what I do. And together, we are going to build a recovery that lifts up every New Yorker,” Grillo stated. “Every job I’ve had serving the people of New York City, from responding to Hurricane Sandy to expanding universal Pre-K, has required an intense coordination across different agencies, companies and non-profits. That’s the same aggressive approach I’m going to take to lead a recovery for all of us.”



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