De Blasio appoints 'czar' to coordinate NYC's COVID-19 recovery efforts

Lorraine Grillo
Lorraine Grillo. Photo credit New York City School Construction Authority

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed a “czar” to coordinate New York City’s recovery efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lorraine Grillo will serve as the city’s new “Recovery Czar,” de Blasio said in a press release.

Grillo previously served as commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, as well as the CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority, according to the release.

“New York City was hit with an unprecedented healthcare and economic crisis,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Together, we’re taking unprecedented steps to drive a recovery for all of us.”

“As New York City’s first-ever Recovery Czar, Lorraine will cut through bureaucracy, coordinate across all agencies and reach out to nonprofit and private partners to make sure our recovery is felt in every borough, every neighborhood and every block,” he added.

In her own statement, Grillo said she would “build a recovery that lifts up every New Yorker.”

“Every job I’ve had serving the people of New York City, from responding to Hurricane Sandy to expanding universal pre-K, has required an intense coordination across different agencies, companies and nonprofits,” she added. “That’s the same aggressive approach I’m going to take to lead a recovery for all of us.”