Stanley Brezenoff hired as Acting Chairman, New York City Housing Authority

April 12, 2018: Stanley Brezenoff has been hired as the Acting Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority by Mayor Bill de Blasio, effective in June, 2018, de Blasio announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Brezenoff, 80, succeeds Shola Olatoye, 43, who is resigning from the office after four years as the Chairman. Brezenoff worked with Robert Linn, the Commissioner of Labor Relations, early in de Blasio’s tenure. He also worked as a Special Adviser to Anthony Shorris, de Blasio’s former First Deputy Mayor. In 2015, de Blasio named Brezenoff as the Chairman of the Board of Correction, which monitors the city jail system. In November, 2016, de Blasio named Brezenoff as the acting director of the financially-troubled Health and Hospitals Corporation, and Brezenoff worked there until September, 2017. Brezenoff, born in 1937, has been working in government in New York City since de Blasio was in high school in Massachusetts. Brezenoff was previously hired as the Commissioner of the Department of Employment by former Mayor Ed Koch in 1978. Brezenoff eventually became Koch’s Deputy Mayor for Operations and then his First Deputy Mayor, a position that Brezenoff held from 1985 to 1989. He was also the director of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation and the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Through the years, Brezenoff has gained a reputation as the consummate, competent government operator, a skilled manager who could be relied on by Mayors and Governors to clean up a mess or help to stabilize troubled agencies.

Attribution: The New York Times

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