FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SANITATION COMMISSIONER DOHERTY PROMOTE FOUR-STAR AND THREE-STAR CHIEFS, APPOINT 250 NEW SANITATION WORKERS, PROMOTE OTHERS
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today appointed a new four-star Chief - the Department of Sanitation's (DSNY) highest ranking uniformed post - and a three-star Chief; they also administered the oaths of office to 250 new Sanitation Workers and promoted 73 senior supervisory personnel, eight Sanitation Police Officers, and 26 Sanitation Enforcement Agents and Sergeants. The promotions and appointments took place at a Department ceremony that was held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
"Everyday, the men and women of the Sanitation Department collect 12,000 tons of trash, keep our 6,300 miles of streets clean, and help enforce our laws, all of which have helped make New York the cleanest it has been in over three decades," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It's an honor to congratulate the more than 30 DSNY employees who are taking the oath as new Sanitation police officers, enforcement agents, and sergeants, and more than 70 who are being promoted to supervisory positions throughout the department, including two men who are rising to the department's top ranks."
"The dedicated men and women of the Department of Sanitation - New York's Strongest - perform their duties with diligence and determination in one of the most essential of city services," said Commissioner Doherty. "I am deeply proud of all of our Sanitation Workers, supervisors, and our Enforcement division who for their efforts have made this great Department even more successful."
Bernard Sullivan, who is a 26-year veteran of the Department, was appointed as the four-star Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection, achieving the highest uniformed rank in the DSNY. The Bureau of Cleaning and Collection has a $550 million budget and 7,650 employees. It creates, implements, and monitors new cleaning and collection initiatives. Chief Sullivan is credited with directing the Sanitation Department's successful snow operations for three winters and 26 storms - using over 2,000 pieces of equipment for snow removal.
Michael Bellew, also a 26-year Department veteran, was appointed as the Chief of Cleaning Operations. Chief Bellew fills the vacancy left by Chief Sullivan's promotion to the top uniformed spot. Chief Sullivan and Chief Bellew were sworn in as Sanitation Workers together in 1981. In his new post, Chief Bellew is responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of the City's streets, collecting 25,000 litter baskets, cleaning City-owned and private lots, coordinating the removal of derelict vehicles from City streets, and analyzing data to manage citywide cleaning resources. He is also responsible for major New York City event clean-ups such as the New York City Marathon, Times Square New Year's celebration, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and other parades and events throughout the City.
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958
Vito Turso (Department of Sanitation)