Former City Councilman Jim Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office this year, has a new job. He was named deputy commissioner for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The state job will keep him in the city at the DEC’s New York City Sustainability and Resiliency office. His focus will be on preparing and making New York City better able to meet the challenges he believes are coming due to climate change and to rebuild after recent storm events.
“Superstorm Sandy, which heavily impacted New York City, made clear that we have much to do to fortify the community for the future,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Mr. Gennaro will be a valuable leader in those efforts ...”
Gennaro will also serve as DEC’s liaison to the state’s Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies. Cuomo created RISE last November to provide scientific information to use in developing comprehensive plans to better protect communities from extreme weather and natural disasters.
Gennaro, who lives in Jamaica Estates, served as 24th District councilman from 2002 until 2013. He was chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection and authored several environmental laws including reducing city greenhouse gas emissions, reducing water and air pollution and increasing brownfield cleanup projects.