Longtime NYC planning expert Carl Weisbrod retires

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De Blasio administration City Planning Commission chairman Carl Weisbrod announced Wednesday that he will be resigning next month [CunyTV75]
Veteran city government worker Carl Weisbrod announced his resignation Wednesday from his position as Chairman of the City Planning Commission for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Weisbrod’s resignation is set for next month, Politico reports. As Chairman, Weisbrod has been tasked with overseeing municipal zoning revisions connected to the de Blasio administration’s affordable housing agenda.

“This is a bittersweet moment,” de Blasio said Wednesday in a statement. “Carl helped to build our administration and has been part of its bedrock. His contributions have earned him a place as one of our city’s great civic leaders, and we are honored that he has agreed to take on the task of continuing Governors Island’s incredible transformation.”

As the chair of De Blasio’s transition team and director of the Department of City Planning, Weisbrod, 72, oversaw changes in 2015 to New York City’s zoning code. According to Politico, those changes demanded low-cost houses from developers benefiting from city rezoning and simplified regulations that are more than half a century old.   

Achievements by Weisbrod during his career include cleaning up Times Square and post-9/11 recovery efforts in Manhattan. Weisbrod also served as founding president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit promoting economic growth in New York City.

I am so proud of what we’ve achieved these past three years,” Weisbrod said Wednesday. “From East New York to East Midtown, we are laying a foundation for truly affordable neighborhoods, world-class business districts and smart transit-oriented growth.”

 

01/06/2017 7:00 AM by Menachem Rephun

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