Posts Tagged ‘Human Resources Administration’

New HRA Commissioner a Thorn in Side of Past Mayors

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in News

A longtime thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations will now be calling the current New York City mayor “boss.” Mayor Bill de Blasio named Steve Banks, currently attorney-in-chief for the Legal Aid Society, as commissioner for the Human Resources Administration. Banks’ appointment was widely acclaimed by advocates and public officials, but it will be an interesting pivot for Banks, who has a long history of butting heads with the city as an advocate for the homeless. Banks has… [More]

Winners and Losers, Feb. 22, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Daily, Features, Winners & Losers

  Mr. Independent, Mr. Self-sufficient, Mr. Keep-your-distance. Mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrión snagged the Independence Party’s endorsement this week, keeping his heart protected so that he’d never feel rejected by the Republican or Democratic parties. But what is that feeling taking over? It’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo opening the door to, surprise! A state-imposed teacher evaluation bill that’s real for New York City. But Cuomo miscalculated on a Medicaid rate change delivering a $500 million hit to the state budget, leaving us… [More]

Bringing the Mayor to Heel

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Government Operations, News, Social Services

Choose your metaphor: When Gov. Andrew Cuomo roused a crowd in Albany last week by promising to stop fingerprinting food stamp applicants, was he stepping on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s toes or kicking him in the shin? Cuomo didn’t single out New York City, but there was no mistaking which city he was targeting with his call to end the practice. To Bloomberg, it’s a simple way to guard against fraud, and his Human Resources Administration has argued for years it’s… [More]

Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Yurij Pawluk

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in News & Features

Senior Advisor and Counsel, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs Age: 32 Yurij Pawluk is a details man. It’s a skill he says he honed over more than a decade spent working for strong mentors like Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and State Sen. Jim Alesi, who gave the Rochester native his start as an intern at age 18. “That was my first foray into the political world,” Pawluk said. “I caught political fever, and I’ve been at… [More]

Poorly Funded

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Housing, News & Features, Social Services

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his new antipoverty plan this month, he said he could no longer accept—“not today and not ever”—that more black and Latino young men in the city end up poor or imprisoned than in the career of their choice. But the mayor will likely have to live with the disparities a while longer, given the limited scope of his new $127.5 million initiative, the wavering U.S. economy and deep budget cuts that may only get deeper.… [More]