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For Immediate Release
December 6, 2010

BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF LEGAL AFFAIRS SUSAN J. POGODA

Veteran Attorney Has More than 25 years of Experience in Public Service

Served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the NYS Attorney General

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the appointment of Susan J. Pogoda as the new Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs at the Department of Buildings. Deputy Commissioner Pogoda brings more than 25 years of legal experience and public service to the Department, where she will oversee the Office of the General Counsel and the Loft Board. In her new position, she will coordinate the proposal and implementation of legislative changes within the Department and oversee the drafting of new legislation and rules. She will oversee a team of attorneys, provide legal support on policy and regulatory issues and work to ensure industry compliance with the NYC Construction Codes and the Zoning Resolution. Her appointment fills a vacancy left when Deputy Commissioner Phyllis Arnold retired in January 2010.

In her distinguished legal career, Deputy Commissioner Pogoda has served as a regulator, litigator, Assistant District Attorney and attorney mentor. For nearly 20 years, she served in the Claims Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General as Assistant Attorney General, Tort Section Chief and Bureau Chief, where she tried hundreds of liability and damage cases and managed and supervised legal staff. The Claims Bureau defends personal injury and medical malpractice actions brought against the New York State in the Court of Claims and against individual State employees in Supreme Court. While serving in the Attorney General’s office, Deputy Commissioner Pogoda co-authored legislation resulting in an amendment to the Judiciary Law and became one of the leading authorities on the Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act.

“Susan is a strong leader with a proven track record of solid results,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “She brings a wealth of experience that will enhance our ability to implement new regulations that are reasonable and necessary to ensure the safety of buildings and construction sites throughout the City. She joins a dynamic group of highly capable professionals at the Department, and I am thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

“I am highly impressed by this agency and its sharp focus on innovation and improvement,” said Deputy Commissioner Pogoda. “This is an exciting opportunity to apply the knowledge I have acquired through a long and varied career in public service, and I’m ready to take on this new challenge. The Department has made some tremendous strides recently to streamline operations, increase construction safety and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, and I look forward to adding to that record.”

Most recently, Deputy Commissioner Pogoda served at the New York Liquidation Bureau, where she held several high-ranking positions, including First Assistant Special Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Staff and Special Counsel. As Chief of Staff, she was charged with overseeing an agency that manages more than 60 insolvent insurance companies with $3 billion in assets, more than 400 employees and a budget of $100 million. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County where she served in the Criminal Court and Family Court Bureaus.

Ms. Pogoda is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and sits on a task force on judicial selection. She received a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brooklyn College.

In May, Commissioner LiMandri appointed Eugene J. Corcoran as the Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement, the first time a former law enforcement official had joined the senior leadership of the Department. In his position, Deputy Commissioner Corcoran oversees attorneys, investigators and inspectors whose primary mission is to investigate the work of contractors, developers, licensed professionals and any others who violate the NYC Construction Codes and Zoning Resolution. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, including serving as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York, a Deputy Chief for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department and a Captain in the New York State Police.

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473
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