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All change: Commissioners rotated in productivity move.

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri last week announced a rotation of the Department's Borough Commissioners in an effort to increase the efficiency and productivity of the agency's operations.

For the second time in four years, the Borough Commissioners have been rotated to "further standardize plan review operations and streamline the construction project approval process citywide."

Each Borough Commissioner oversees the review of construction-related applications and plans in their respective boroughs. In 2011, Department plan examiners reviewed more than 450,000 sets of construction plans.

Effective immediately, this latest rotation shifts experienced professionals into new leadership roles to better facilitate development and ensure builders, developers and de-. sign professionals follow the City's strict safety standards, according to LiMandri.

"Our Borough Commissioners serve as stewards of development in neighborhoods throughout the City, and this rotation will ensure construction projects continue to move forward in a safe and timely manner," said Commissioner LiMandri.

"Construction is critical to the economic growth of this great City, and these leaders understand their work leads directly to the creation of new homes, new offices and new jobs for millions of New Yorkers. Their skills and knowledge are the backbone of this agency, and I am proud to serve with them as we work to accelerate development citywide so more New Yorkers can get back to work."

The new Borough Commissioners are as follows:

Ira Gluckman, Brooklyn and Staten Island Senior Borough Commissioner. A New York State Registered Architect with more than 32 years of experience, he joined the agency in 2006 as a Deputy Borough Commissioner in Staten Island and was later appointed Borough Commissioner in 2007. Most recently, he has served as Queens Borough Commissioner. Before joining the Department, Gluckman operated his own firm, Gluckman & Scire-Chianetta Architects, and served as a Field Inspector for Merritt & Harris Engineers.

Derek Lee, Queens Borough Commissioner. Also an architect, he joined the department in 2000 as a Plan Examiner and was later Deputy Queens Borough Commissioner, where he participated in the structural assessment of buildings in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011, and the jetliner crash in Belle Harbor, Queens. He previously served as principal at Lee Associates, an architectural and engineering firm.

Martin Rebholz, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, is an architect with 32 years of experienc. He joined the Department in 2011 as Deputy Borough Commissioner in Manhattan. Prior to that, he served as the director of building code compliance for the New York City School Construction Authority and operated his own architectural firm.

Werner deFoe will continue to serve as Bronx Borough Commissioner. A New York State Registered Architect, Borough Commissioner defoe has more than 25 years of experience in architecture and construction. Executive Director of Technical Affairs Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, a New York State Professional Engineer, has been promoted to Deputy Borough Commissioner in Manhattan, and Brooklyn Acting Deputy Borough Commissioner Frank Marchiano has been promoted to Deputy Borough Commissioner in Staten Island. John Gallagher, a New York State Registered Architect, will resume his position as Deputy Borough Commissioner in Brooklyn. Marshall Kaminer, a New York State Professional Engineer, will now serve as the Executive Engineer for Technical Affairs.
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Title Annotation:Robert LiMandri
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Jul 25, 2012
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