April 5, 2019 Comments Off on New Deputy Mayor Intends to “Take It Up a Notch” on Affordability Views: 646 New York News, Top New York

New Deputy Mayor Intends to “Take It Up a Notch” on Affordability

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Vicki Been as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, succeeding Alicia Glen. Her new purview entails oversight of some 20 city housing and economic development agencies, ranging from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development—where she served as Commissioner from 2014 until 2017—to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

“As HPD Commissioner, Vicki changed everything about affordable housing in New York City,” de Blasio said Thursday. “As Deputy Mayor, she will dig deeper and ratchet up all our efforts to confront the biggest crisis facing our city: affordability.”

Been was instrumental in establishing the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law for developments in areas with higher-density rezoning. She said that she intends to “take it up a notch… The challenge for every part of the teams that I’ll have the privilege of working with is going to be: do more, do better.”

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