FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON RESIGNATION OF NEW YORK CITY SPORTS COMMISSIONER KENNETH J. PODZIBA
"As the New York City Sports Commissioner for more than 12 years, Ken has played a critical role in establishing cutting-edge programming with various City agencies that have made New York an even more exciting and accessible City for athletes and fans from all over the world. With Ken leading the charge, we had been able to draw a diverse range of professional and amateur sporting events that have attracted thousands of visitors and showcased our city to the world. These events have included: the MLB All-Star Game, NFL Kickoff Live from Times Square, NYC Cycling Championship, WNBA All-Star Game, and NASCAR Champions Week. Most recently, Ken has led our part in the bid to bring the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 to the New York area.
"Ken's determined efforts to use sports as an instrument to improve lives have made the future brighter for many New Yorkers. He committed the Commission's efforts to the underserved youth and disabled communities, helping establish the Mayor's Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament and - in partnership with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities - creating a first-of-its kind book entitled Exercise Your Ability: the Ultimate Guide to Sports and Recreation for People with Disabilities. Ken has been a tremendous asset to the City of New York with his energy and dedication - qualities that will serve him greatly as President and CEO of Bike New York. I wish him and his family all the best."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958