Donna Corrado, a longtime top official with Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, was named commissioner of the Department of Aging on Tuesday.
“Corrado will be charged with spearheading Mayor de Blasio’s plan to protect the city’s seniors in the face of rising costs of living,” the Mayor’s Office said in announcing her appointment. “This includes keeping senior centers open, preserving and expanding affordable housing options, and improving outreach and service delivery to the city’s elderly.”
Corrado, who holds postgraduate degrees in social work and social policy and administration, said she finds it “unacceptable” that nearly 25 percent of the city’s seniors live below the poverty line, even with Social Security, and will work hard to change that.
“My formative years at Catholic Charities grounded me and strengthened my commitment to issues of social justice,” she said in a prepared statement. “I share Mayor de Blasio’s vision and values and I am honored to join the Administration to serve and represent over 1.4 million older adults living throughout all five boroughs of New York City.”