FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG APPOINTS SHARI C. HYMAN AS COMMISSIONER AND CHAIR OF THE BUSINESS INTEGRITY COMMISSION
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today appointed Shari C. Hyman as Commissioner and Chair of the Business Integrity Commission. Hyman succeeds Michael J. Mansfield, who is leaving City service after obtaining a position in the private sector. Most recently, Commissioner Hyman served as Director of Business Acceleration and Senior Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Operations. Formed in 2001, the Business Integrity Commission licenses and regulates three business sectors that have historically been preyed upon by organized crime including the public wholesale markets and the private waste carting industry.
“Shari Hyman will be an excellent leader of the Business Integrity Commission, as it continues to ensure that marketplaces and regulated businesses compete fairly and are free from fraud, rackets and threats of violence,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I would like to thank Michael Mansfield for the fine job he has done helping the commission accomplish its goals. There is no one better that I can think of to succeed him than Shari, who will bring with her an impressive skill-set and a tremendous commitment to public service.”
“I am honored to be appointed as Chair of the Business Integrity Commission by Mayor Bloomberg,” incoming Commissioner Hyman said. “Michael Mansfield, along with the entire BIC team, has made tremendous progress – from helping improve and streamline the vetting of companies doing business within the City to ensuring that businesses conduct their affairs honestly and with integrity. I look forward to continuing this important work.”
During Mansfield’s tenure, the Business Integrity Commission made great strides in its mission to eliminate organized crime and other forms of corruption from the industries it regulates. In recent years, the Commission has undertaken initiatives, such as creating a background intelligence unit and providing wireless computers to field investigators, that have vastly streamlined and improved the vetting process for companies doing business within the City. The Commission also modernized the rules and regulations affecting the City’s markets and increased regulatory enforcement of unlicensed trade waste activity by 88 percent and overall regulatory enforcement by 77 percent.
As Director of Business Acceleration, Commissioner Hyman designed and implemented the New Business Acceleration Team, a program that streamlines City agency operations in order to expedite the opening of businesses – which has led to the opening of more than 480 restaurants and created over 5,000 jobs since 2010. Commissioner Hyman also served as the First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator and Coordinator and the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Hyman served as Deputy Executive Director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, overseeing its 160 member investigative staff as well as the production of hundreds investigative reports and findings handled by the board. She also was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where she worked in both the trial division and the labor racketeering unit where she investigated matters relating to organized crime in the construction industry.
Commissioner Hyman received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was a founding member of “Horizons,” a legal education outreach program for inner city students. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. Commissioner Hyman lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Created in 2001 to consolidate regulatory jurisdiction over the private carting industry, businesses operating in the City’s public wholesale markets, and the shipboard gambling industry, the agency has over 60 employees, supplemented by NYPD police officers and Sanitation police officers. The Commission consists of the Chairman and the Commissioners of the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Investigation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and the New York City Department of Small Business Services, with the Commissioner/Chair of BIC having administrative management over the agency.
There are more than 1,500 active carting companies operating in New York City and approximately 150 wholesale businesses operating in three of the City’s wholesale public markets. Before a license or registration is granted, Business Integrity Commission conducts background investigations of the applicant business and its principals’ good character, honesty and integrity. Business Integrity Commission also issues renewal licenses and conducts criminal investigations of the businesses it regulates.
The replacement search was led by Andrea Shapiro Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor.
Stu Loeser / Julie Wood (212) 788-2958
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