NEW YORK CITY-Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed that he intends to appoint Robert LiMandri to serve as New York City’s Buildings Commissioner. LiMandri, who has more than 19 years of engineering, real estate and construction management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, has served as Acting Commissioner since April 2008 and has been part of the DOB’s senior management since 2002.

The Mayor will formally appoint LiMandri after signing into law Introduction 755-A, which passed the City Council Thursday. That legislation requires that either the Commissioner or First Deputy Commissioner of the DOB be a licensed Architect or Engineer. According to a prepared press release, signing into law Introduction 755-A will give Mayors needed flexibility in choosing the person that will run the DOB, “while also ensuring that an individual with the technical expertise of a licensed architect or engineer is in the department’s highest leadership levels.”

Mayor Bloomberg says in the statement that as Acting Buildings Commissioner, LiMandri “launched new strategies for rigorously implementing worksite safety, hired new inspectors and auditors to staff new multi-disciplinary investigative and enforcement teams, and cracked down on illegal after-hours construction, unsafe demolitions of the interiors of buildings, dangerous sidewalk sheds and other serious construction site problems.”

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