Mayor de Blasio this week named new heads of the Small Business Services Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation, saying both would “aggressively implement progressive, community-based reforms” and deepen their agencies’ connection to the people.
Maria Torres-Springer, a former executive vice president and chief of staff at the city Economic Development Corp., was named to head SBS. Torres-Springer will establish a new revolving loan fund to help local businesses grow, expand outreach to immigrant-owned businesses and help launch new economic development hubs in poorer communities, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Dr. Ramanathan Raju, now CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago, was named president of the HHC, an appointment subject to approval by the agency’s board. Once in place, Raju will work to raise the standard of care at HHC hospitals, which in Queens are Elmhurst Hospital and Queens Hospital Center, and focus on providing primary and preventative care “at the neighborhood level,” the Mayor’s Office said.