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De Blasio picks DEP Commish

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am

Mayor de Blasio announced his choice for commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday.

Emily Lloyd, the administrator of Prospect Park and president of the Prospect Park Alliance, will lead the agency. She also headed the DEP from 2005 to 2009.

“At a time when natural resources are increasingly scarce and extreme weather events are increasingly common, we need to get much more prudent about managing our water supply and ensuring our infrastructure is ready to handle any storm that might strike next,” Lloyd said in a statement. “We also need to create a much more accessible and user-friendly department that serves all New Yorkers, one that allows our customers to understand, and, if necessary, contest their bills quickly and easily.”

The New York League of Conservation voters reacted positively to the pick.

“Whether it has been in her public or nonprofit role, NYLCV has enjoyed a great working relationship with Emily Lloyd in her years of service to this city,” the organization’s president, Marcia Bystryn, said in a statement.

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