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Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Veronica M. White As New Parks & Recreation Commissioner

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Streamed live on Jun 18, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Adrian Benepe Will Join Trust For Public Land and Replicate New York City's Parks Successes Nationwide, Appoints Veronica M. White As New Parks and Recreation Commissioner

Commissioner Benepe Oversaw Major Expansion of New York City's Parks System and Development of New Waterfront Parks in All Five Boroughs

White Has Led the City's Center for Economic Opportunity Since 2006, Including its Successful Fundraising Efforts; Its Programs Are Now Being Replicated in Cities Across the Country

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today appointed Veronica M. White, the founding Executive Director of New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity, to replace Adrian Benepe as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Benepe has served as commissioner since January 2002 and has overseen a major expansion of City parks, as well as the largest expansion of waterfront parks in the City's history. In September, he will begin working in a newly-created position at the Trust for Public Land, where he will be charged with replicating many of our City's most successful initiatives on a national scale. Created by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative approaches to reducing poverty in New York City, the Center for Economic Opportunity has launched 50 new programs under White's leadership, five of which are being replicated in cities across the country through the federal Social Innovation Fund, a public-private partnership. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayors Patricia E. Harris and Linda Gibbs and Commissioners Benepe and White as they broke ground on more than $15 million in improvements to Soundview Park in the Bronx, one of the eight regional parks being transformed under PlaNYC. The work at Soundview Park will include the construction of a track and field with a synthetic turf soccer field, a playground, a sports court, comfort station, and outdoor amphitheater with an overlook and access path.

Monday, June 18th, 2012 - Soundview Park in The Bronx

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