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
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
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.