Friday, February 7, 2014

NYC Mayor De Blasio adds Rose Pierre-Louis to administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to add a few more names to his administration last week when he announced the appointment of Rose Pierre-Louis as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

In the same news conference at City Hall, de Blasio also named Dr. Mary Bassett the commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers is our No. 1 priority,” said de Blasio during the news conference. “We have built a progressive and diverse team committed to reaching every neighborhood and caring for its people—including its most vulnerable. Dr. Bassett and Ms. Pierre-Louis have the decades of experience and the deep commitment to public service needed to take on that sacred charge.”

Pierre-Louis has a history of advocating for low-income women and families in general who are neglected by society at large. Early in her career at Queens Legal Services, she developed workshops with the goal of empowering domestic violence victims in obtaining divorces from their abusers without having attorneys step in. Her career has also taken her from the Network for Women’s Services to Sanctuary for Families and to Harlem Legal Services. She held leadership positions at every stop, including domestic violence coordinator at Harlem Legal Services. Recently, she served as deputy borough president of Manhattan.

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