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PR- 054-09
February 2, 2009


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the appointment of Maryanne K. Schretzman as Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York. The Family Services Coordinator is responsible for identifying and implementing cross-agency collaborations to enhance the services provided by City agencies to children, families and single adults in need.

"Maryanne Schretzman has a long-standing commitment and accomplished career working with our City's most vulnerable residents whose needs are increasing with the drastic changes in our economy," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Now more than ever, we need to ensure that New York's families are getting the services they need, and working closely with Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Maryanne will help make sure that our safety net remains strong."

"I am thrilled to be appointed the City's Family Services Coordinator. Throughout my career I've been able to build consensus and find creative solutions to long-term challenges. Mayor Bloomberg is deeply committed to improving services and supports for at-risk New Yorkers while also encouraging them become more independent and self-sufficient," said Schretzman. "New York City's health and human services agencies work hard every day to support New Yorkers in need. I look forward to partnering and collaborating with them, and our amazing non-profit community, to reach our shared goal of protecting, supporting and strengthening families."

Maryann Schretzman previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Policy and Planning at the Department of Homeless Services and as Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Administration for Children's Services. Prior to joining city government, Maryanne was an adjunct professor at Hunter College of Social Work and held a variety of leadership positions at the non-profit organization Women In Need, Inc. Schretzman was also a consultant for 15 years specializing in the planning and evaluation of government and non-profit institutions in the United States and Europe.  Schretzman holds a B.A. from the University of Montana, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Graduate School and University Center of the City of New York.

Schretzman's appointment follows the resignation of Ronald E. Richter who was recently appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Civil Court.

"Ron Richter was an enormous asset to our team and critical to our efforts to modernize senior services and streamline our child care system," said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. "Though we are sad to lose him, I know that his work hearing cases in the Family Court will make a tremendous difference in the lives of many families. I thank Ron for all his hard work."


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