Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:
“Throughout his career, both in City government and in the nonprofit sector,
Rafael has embodied the best of what public service can be. During his five
years at the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, he put
his unique brand of innovation and pragmatism to work in advancing our mission
to strengthen our neighborhoods and create a more affordable and sustainable
city for all New Yorkers.
“Rafael was instrumental in the development of the New Housing Marketplace
Plan and led the launch of the updated plan to keep the City on track to meet
the goal of 165,000 affordable housing units by 2014. Under his leadership, the
City also launched the most aggressive foreclosure prevention program in the
nation, created a $750 million initiative to stabilize distressed multi-family
properties, and – as we announced just last week –transformed the process for
inspecting and addressing troubled buildings from one that waits for tenant
complaints to one that uses data to identify issues proactively.
“When he returned to City service, Rafael made significant sacrifices,
including living apart from his wife and children. I want to thank them all for
what they’ve done to help us make New York City a better place to live. I’m glad
Rafael will stay through March to help with his transition. I know he will
thrive in his new role and wish him well in this next chapter of his life.”
Statement of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael E.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of New
York as HPD’s Commissioner under the leadership of Mayor
Bloomberg. I will truly miss working with the dedicated team at HPD,
and the unique challenges of advancing the mission of the largest
municipal housing preservation and development agency in the country.
What we have accomplished together at HPD is remarkable by
any definition and I could not be prouder to have been a part of it. I am
grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for having trusted me to lead this extraordinary
agency and for his unwavering belief that our best days as a city are still in
front of us. I am confident we have built a strong foundation from which HPD
will continue to protect our City’s tenants and expand and preserve its
affordable housing stock for generations to come.”