Mayor appoints new deputy mayor for Health and human services, director of Office of Management and Budget to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — During his daily briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he appointed Melanie Hartzog as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Jacques Jiha as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am pleased to appoint two of our City’s most hard-working and passionate public servants to take on even bigger roles as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” de Blasio said. “Melanie and Jacques have the experience and vision necessary to support New Yorkers during this crisis and guide our City through financial hardship."

Thanks to them, New Yorkers can expect an even brighter future.”

Hartzog previously served as Budget Director and Jiha served as the Commissioner for the New York City Department of Finance.

Hartzog is now tasked with guiding the City’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the City’s social services continue to support New Yorkers, including those experiencing homelessness.

“From fighting to improve the lives of low-income children to balancing the city’s budgets while funding Universal Pre-K, I have spent my entire career uplifting our city’s most vulnerable,” Hartzog said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of public health in our city’s recovery, including a robust social services sector. I thank Mayor de Blasio for the opportunity to continue to serve on behalf of 8.6 million New Yorkers.”

Mayor de Blasio in 2014 Haitian born Jacques Jiha was appointed the Commissioner for the NYC Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting over $40 billion in revenue that make all city services possible.

Dr. Jiha was able to help modernize the Department by integrating new technology and data analytics to increase efficiency and make better decisions.

As Budget Director, Jiha aims to lead New York City out of the fiscal crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by making fiscally responsible decisions that will strengthen and protect the City’s finances for generations to come.

“Our city is facing an enormous fiscal challenge in light of the public health crisis. As we recover, I am committed to making fiscally responsible decisions to keep New York City a vibrant place to live and work. Serving as Commissioner of the Department of Finance has been the honor of a lifetime, and I thank Mayor de Blasio for entrusting me to continue to serve New Yorkers as Budget Director,”  Jiha said.