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PR- 171-06
May 24, 2006


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the appointment of Patrick J. Brennan as Commissioner of the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit (CAU ).  The agency maintains liaison with community groups, civic and neighborhood associations, and public and private agencies in order to address and bring to the attention of the Mayor and appropriate City officials issues and problems of concern to communities.  In addition, the agency is responsible for coordinating activities of City agencies with respect to community boards, and exercises all duties related to street activity permits. 

"Patrick is immensely talented and hard-working and he has quickly become a trusted member of my Administration," Mayor Bloomberg said.  "Patrick used his experience and skills to help me put together the biggest and most diverse coalition in New York City electoral history last year, and I am delighted that he has accepted my offer to put those skills to work again as Commissioner of the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit."

"I have been deeply honored to work with Mayor Bloomberg and I am thrilled that he has asked me to serve this great City as CAU Commissioner," said Commissioner Brennan.  "Whether it has been working to build the diverse coalition of support to secure an historic re-election or working at City Hall to secure the City's fair share of capitol school funds, it has been an absolute privilege to work with the Mayor and his team over the last year and a half."

Since January, Brennan has worked directly for the Mayor as Special Assistant to the Mayor while also serving as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs.  Last year, Brennan was a Senior Advisor to the Bloomberg for Mayor 2005 campaign.  He previously served as the Political Director for the SEIU 1199/Greater New York Hospital Association Healthcare Education Project.  In 2004, Brennan was a Regional Director for America Coming Together, supervising campaign activities in Florida and Pennsylvania.  He was the Political Director on the Bill Mulrow for State Comptroller campaign and served as a Political Analyst for DC 37.  Patrick is a graduate of Xavier High School in Manhattan and the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

The Mayor also announced the promotions of two veteran CAU aides - Christopher Coffey and Fred Kreizman - to greater responsibilities within the unit.  Christopher Coffey will now serve as Deputy Commissioner for Operations, and Fred Kreizman will as Assistant Commissioner of Citywide Outreach. 


Stu Loeser/Jennifer Falk   (212) 788-2958

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