Leon Heyward was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Sidewalks and Inspection Management at the Department of Transportation in June 2003. As Deputy Commissioner of Sidewalks and Inspection Management, Leon is responsible for sidewalk inspections and repairs, pedestrian ramp installations, and construction of traffic medians and pedestrian safety islands. Leon also manages the Highway Inspection and Quality Assurance (HIQA) unit, which enforces rules that govern the way utilities, plumbers, contractors, homeowners, and other governmental agencies work on the city streets and highways. Since joining DOT in 1988, Leon has held an array of positions – senior analyst, executive director, assistant commissioner, borough commissioner – in a number of different units at the agency including communications, enforcement, facilities management, vehicle maintenance and repair, and street maintenance.
Prior to joining DOT, Leon worked at the Department of Sanitation from July 1983 to April 1988. While there, he was involved with implementing the first recycling routes in the city. This included researching and visiting existing recycling programs, estimating the amount of paper, glass and metal to be eliminated from the existing routes, investigating and sizing alternative vehicles that would collect the recycling material, and analyzing whether the new recycling routes could be implemented with a two person crew.
Leon graduated from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY in 1977. From there he attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT where he received a B.A. in Economics in 1981. After graduation, Leon went on to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where he obtained a M.S. in Public Management & Policy Analysis in 1983.
Leon remains actively involved with UVM. He served on the Alumni Board of Directors and on the external board of the University Transportation Center. Leon is a member of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene where he serves in the Men’s Ministry and on the Parking/Public Safety Team. He is a member of the Zeta Phi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, where he participates in activities directed at advising middle school and high school youth on the importance of obtaining an education and being responsible members of the community.