Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday officially appointed Edward Grayson as the new city Department of Sanitation commissioner.
Grayson, a 21-year sanitation veteran, has served as acting commissioner since September after predecessor Kathryn Garcia resigned and launched her campaign for mayor.
Trash-handling runs in his family.
Grayson’s dad was a sanitation worker and supervisor, and his mother was recycling coordinator in the 1990s.
Grayson was the operations chief who oversaw city snow removal during the 2016 Jonas Blizzard, the largest snowstorm in New York City history.
“Edward Grayson has distinguished himself in his Acting Commissioner role this autumn and winter. He has brought energy, experience, and passion for the agency’s mission to his role, and he has fully earned New Yorkers’ trust to keep our city clean and safe,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“I’m proud to offer him this role on a permanent basis, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a fairer and better city.”
Grayson noted that he grew up in Ridgewood, Queens, a neighborhood filled with civil servants, including his parents.
“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio – and the men and women of this Department – for the trust they have placed in me during these deeply challenging times. Together, we’ll keep the city safe and clean,” Grayson said in a statement.
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