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City Hall commissioner changeovers continue

Sadik-Khan out at DOT; Hearn to CFB

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Jan 9, 2014.

Mayor Bloomberg has found landing spots for two of his commissioners who were expected to be replaced under a Bill de Blasio administration. 

Published reports state that Janette Sadik-Khan, the sometimes controversial head of the Department of Transportation since 2007, will join a Bloomberg-backed consulting group, where she will advocate for things like increased bike lanes and other transportation projects.

Rose Gill Hearn, who has served as commissioner of the Department of Investigation since 2002, has been appointed by Bloomberg to a five-year term as chairwoman of the Campaign Finance Board.

Sadik-Khan has been a tireless advocate for alternative transportation means, and was the moving force behind the expansion of bike lanes and the conversion of a portion of Times Square to a massive pedestrian plaza.

Things like the placement bike lanes sometimes rankled residents and officials in given neighborhoods.

But in a statement issued by the group Transportation Alternatives, Executive Director Paul Steely White praised her results.

“She leaves New Yorkers a vastly improved streetscape, and a legacy that future generations can build on,” he said.

Hearn will succeed the Rev. Joseph Parks, who resigned last week at the end of his term. She will head an agency created in 1988 in response to myriad corruption scandals. Bloomberg said Hearn is ideally suited for the role.

“We’ve run the cleanest administration in city history — and that began with my appointment of Rose Gill Hearn as Department of Investigation commissioner,” Bloomberg said in a statement issued by his office.

“The Campaign Finance Board has a proud tradition of chairpersons who are above the political fray, with impeccable integrity and a reputation for nonpartisan leadership,” he added. “Now Rose will continue that tradition of ensuring that the CFB both protects the taxpayers’ dollars and strengthens our Democratic process.”

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