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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2008


First Deputy Commissioner Appointed, Borough Commissioners Rotated to New Boroughs

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced an executive staff reorganization today designed to further standardize the Department's operations across the five boroughs. The reorganization, which will take effect next month, will shift experienced professionals into new leadership roles to ensure builders, developers and property owners follow construction safety standards and help better protect millions of New Yorkers.

As part of this reorganization, Commissioner LiMandri has appointed Fatma Amer as First Deputy Commissioner. Amer, a New York State licensed Professional Engineer, will oversee all borough offices and work to ensure consistent inspection and plan examination protocols are employed across the City. She has served the City for more than 25 years, most recently as the Department's Deputy Commissioner for Technical Affairs and Chief Code Engineer. Under Local Law 39 of 2008, the Department's Commissioner or First Deputy Commissioner must be a licensed architect or engineer.

"Fatma has dedicated her career to serving this City and its people, and her vast amount of knowledge and experience in building construction will help move this Department forward," said Commissioner LiMandri. "She will play a critical role in helping us make construction sites safer than ever before and holding contractors accountable to higher safety standards."

In addition, four of the five Borough Commissioners will be reassigned to new boroughs, one will be given a new leadership post within the Department and the Deputy Brooklyn Borough Commissioner will be assigned to fill the open position. Borough Commissioners have a host of responsibilities, including overseeing inspections, plan examinations and the issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy in their respective boroughs.

"Our Borough Commissioners understand the challenges facing the construction industry and what it takes to keep New Yorkers safe," said Commissioner LiMandri. "This rotation gives them an opportunity to bring their expertise and leadership to other boroughs and ensure technical standards and safety procedures remain consistent citywide."

The following reassignments will take effect on November 17, 2008:

Thomas Fariello, R.A., Acting Bronx Borough Commissioner - Thomas Fariello, who is a New York State registered Architect, has served as the Deputy Brooklyn Borough Commissioner since 2003. Prior to joining the Department, Fariello worked as a Plan Examiner for the School Construction Authority, where he reviewed proposed designs for compliance with the City's Zoning Resolution and Building Code and advised architects, engineers and project officers on code issues in zoning, egress and fire safety.

Ira Gluckman, R.A., Queens Borough Commissioner - Ira Gluckman, who is a New York State registered Architect, joined the Department in 2006 as Deputy Staten Island Borough Commissioner and later became Borough Commissioner in January 2007.  Prior to joining the Department, Gluckman operated his own firm, Gluckman & Scire-Chianetta Architects, and was a Field Inspector for Merritt & Harris Engineers, where he worked on construction projects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Marshall Kaminer, P.E., Staten Island Borough Commissioner - Marshall Kaminer, who is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer, has served as Bronx Borough Commissioner since 2002. Prior to joining the Department, he was a Program Manager for Mission Critical Facilities for Carlson Design and an on-site Resident Engineer for Stone & Webster Engineering.  He also worked for the Ben Gurion University Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Israel as an Engineer.

Derek Lee, R.A., Brooklyn Borough Commissioner - Derek Lee, who is a New York State registered Architect, joined the Department in 2000 as a Plan Examiner and was later promoted to Plan Examiner Squad Leader. In September 2002, Lee was appointed Deputy Queens Borough Commissioner and has served as Queens Borough Commissioner since 2006. He helped assess the buildings in the Financial District following the September 11, 2001 attacks and the impact zone of the jetliner crash in Belle Harbor, Queens.

Magdi Mossad, P.E., Manhattan Borough Commissioner - Magdi Mossad, who is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer, began serving the City as an Assistant Plan Examiner in the Manhattan Borough Office in 1984 and was later selected to work with the Deputy Commissioner for Technical Affairs. Mossad has gained experience in several positions, including Deputy Brooklyn Borough Commissioner, Queens Borough Commissioner and most recently, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner since 2006.

Christopher Santulli, P.E., Acting Assistant Commissioner for Engineering and Safety Operations - In an effort to improve safety during high-risk operations, Christopher Santulli, the current Manhattan Borough Commissioner, will take on a newly-created role as Acting Assistant Commissioner for Engineering and Safety Operations. Santulli, who is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer, has more than 20 years of experience in Civil Engineering in the public and private sectors. Prior to this new appointment, Santulli served as Deputy Manhattan Borough Commissioner and as Manhattan Borough Commissioner since 2006.

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Kate Lindquist (212) 566-3473