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Sunday, December 29, 2013

De Blasio's goal - Build 200,000 units of affordable housing

Brooklyn Eagle excerpt -

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed Alicia Glen as his new Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. Glen is currently head of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, which provides capital to underserved urban communities.

In addition, de Blasio named Laura Santucci, currently the Executive Director of his Transition, to serve as his Chief of Staff.

De Blasio said in a release that Glen will lead his administration’s efforts to “invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, re-target unsuccessful corporate subsidies, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family.”

In announcing Glen, de Blasio reiterated his commitment to pass stronger living wage requirements tied to city subsidies and said he would use “strategic investments to foster economic growth across the five boroughs.”

De Blasio strongly backed the plan to create a new Film, Post-Production and Animation School at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which includes a $6.7 million investment by the city. While the development of a Graduate School of Cinema in partnership with Brooklyn College at the Navy Yard is already in the works, de Blasio supports an expansion of the CUNY school to include a wider range of degrees at the associate and bachelor’s level. This school currently aims to enroll up to 400 students. 

He also said he would launch economic development hubs in at least a dozen immigrant and low-income neighborhoods. 

De Blasio also charged Glen with coordinating his administration’s efforts to build and maintain 200,000 units of affordable housing, and turn around the troubled Housing Authority.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/two-more-de-blasio-appointments-deputy-mayor-housing-and-economic-development-chief-staff

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