It’s Official: Sadik-Khan in at DOT

After weeks of speculation, City Hall has announced that Janette Sadik-Khan, a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be the new commissioner of the NYC DOT. This from a press release issued this afternoon by the mayor’s office:

"Janette Sadik-Khan has a superb mix of public and private sector transportation management experience and she will make great addition to our team. She’s joining us at an exciting time, as we use the last 979 days of our Administration to enact policies to set this City on the course for a better future," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Janette has the skills and the experience to meet the challenges of overseeing our vast transportation infrastructure, to ensure that people can move around our City safely, and to continue to lead the DOT by implementing innovative and exciting policies."

"I am pleased to be joining Mayor Bloomberg and his team, who are continuing to show leadership by articulating a bold new vision for New York. I look forward to working with the men and women of DOT to realize that vision," said Janette Sadik-Khan. "My first priority is the safety of our residents as they use the networks of roads and bridges that connect our City, and I will focus on making our system more sustainable and achieving a full state of good repair for our aging infrastructure. I am very happy to be returning to city government at such an eventful time."

"This is an exciting time to be joining the Bloomberg Administration and I want to welcome Janette to DOT," said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, Daniel Doctoroff. "Because we recognize that transportation is linked with land use, energy, housing development, air and water quality, we truly operate as a team, and I know that Janette will be an integral part of that as we work to meet the challenges that the Mayor has laid out as part of PlaNYC."

Sadik-Khan’s first day on the job is May 14th.

  • L

    “My first priority is the safety of our residents as they use the networks of roads and bridges that connect our City . . . .”

    Really? That’s her first priority? I’m disappointed if that’s true.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    If it’s true, it will be revolutionary. What DOT commissioner in the past has put safety first? What disappoints you in that, L?

  • Ah, all the bad-mouthing of Michael Horodinceanu using baseless assumptions that he only cares about cars, roads and bridges.

    And then the very first thing out of the mouth of the new commissioner? Roads and bridges. Not transit. Interesting.

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