YONKERS — Mayor-elect Mike Spano today named his picks for public works commissioner, finance commissioner and budget director.
Thomas Meier, a retired U.S. Army colonel, will take over as public works commissioner for John Liszewski, who will be shifted into the role of finance commissioner. Carl Maniscalco, currently the acting finance commissioner, will become city budget director.
All appointments are subject to city council approval.
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Yonkers Mayor-Elect Mike Spano today announced his appointments for the positions of Public Works Commissioner, Finance Commissioner and Budget Director.
Thomas Meier, a retired Colonel from the United States Army will become Commissioner of Public Works. He has a combined 32 years of administrative experience in the military and civilian levels. His most recent military post was as Chief Executive Officer of a joint Army-Air Force counter drug task force at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn from 1990-2002. He has also served as Director of Veterans Affairs for Westchester County and as Director of Drug Prevention and the Special Traffic Options Program. “Tom Meier has an outstanding record of managing diverse organizations, and he will bring those skills to bear upon the Yonkers Public Works Department,” said Spano.
Spano announced he will be appointing current DPW Commissioner John Liszewski as Commissioner of Finance. “John actually began his service with Yonkers as a senior budget analyst, and spent much of his career in finance,” said Spano, “He has the overall vision and ability to manage the City’s finances as we face some difficult challenges going forward.”
He also announced that Carl Maniscalco, who has served as Acting Commissioner of Finance for the past year, will be appointed Budget Director. “Carl has demonstrated exceptional ability during a very difficult financial crunch,” said Spano, “I know that Carl will bring discipline, planning, and innovation to the budget process. This is critical if we are going to restore the City’s financial health going forward.”
Spano said by having both a finance commissioner and budget director, the job of budgeting and managing the City’s funds will be properly divided, as is the case with most other major municipal governments. “We will now have two strong administrators working together to do the best for the City,” said Spano.
All appointments are subject to City Council approval.