Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources and Facilities Management
Marlene Hochstadt was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources and Facilities Management on November 5, 2007. She oversees the provision of agency-wide services in the areas of personnel and payroll administration, employee relations (including occupational safety and health, employee training, drug and alcohol testing program), labor-management relations, employee discipline, equal employment opportunity and security and facilities management.
Ms. Hochstadt has over 30 years of experience in leading, promoting and managing key divisions within New York City government. She began her City career as director of the CETA program in DOT's Personnel office in 1973. She left DOT in 1979 to become Deputy Director of Personnel at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she subsequently served as First Deputy Director of Personnel, and later as Director of Human Resources.
In 2002, Ms. Hochstadt returned to DOT as Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources. In that capacity she oversaw all aspects of Human Resource Management including the offices of Labor Relations, Safety and Health, Equal Employment Opportunity, Personnel, Payroll, Advocate, and the DOT Learning Center.
Ms. Hochstadt was responsible for reorganizing and realigning DOT's human capital management functions, and streamlining the agency's human resource policies. She has promoted the development of long-term goals for agency recruitment, staffing and training to enhance agency adaptability; and developed and formalized agency-wide "best practices" to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws regarding occupational safety and health standards. Ms. Hochstadt spearheaded DOT's efforts as the first major agency to transition to New York City Automated Personnel System (NYCAPS).
Ms. Hochstadt is an active member of the NYCAPS Executive Committee and World Trade Center Mayoral Review Panel. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College.