FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA'S NOMINATION OF SHAUN DONOVAN AS SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
"President-elect Obama's nomination of the City's Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a testament to the innovative programs our Administration has developed, under Shaun's leadership, to create and preserve affordable housing for the next generation of hard-working New Yorkers. It's also a great indication of how serious President-Elect Obama is about developing bold new solutions for our nation's cities and towns.
"Shaun has been the architect of many of the programs that are bringing the ambitious 165,000 unit New Housing Marketplace plan-the largest in the nation-to fruition. Shaun's approach is as practical as it is passionate-he has moved our focus beyond the old public sector driven solutions by giving the starring role to the private and non-profit sectors. He put his considerable intellect to work in finding creative new ways to help private and non-profit developers move further into the affordable housing arena. Shaun turned upside down the usual excuses for failing to help working families find affordable housing and he has shown that we can do more with less-especially in these difficult times. I, personally, will miss him, but I look forward to building on our strong partnership in his new role.
"Shaun Donovan's record of service has left an imprint on our city that will last and that many others will be able to continue to build on. While this country is in the midst of a crisis with regard to housing, it's heartening that President-Elect Obama has made the best choice he possibly could for HUD and for the country."
Stu Loeser/Jason Post (212) 788-2958