This is a great day for New York City’s parks. The appointment of Mitchell Silver as Parks commissioner is the perfect way for the department to start the spring. Mr. Silver’s expertise on planning issues in New York City and beyond will give him valuable perspective. I have witnessed Mr. Silver’s effectiveness first hand, during his time leading planning for West Harlem Piers, a beloved waterfront park in my district. His passion for parks and his commitment to equity perfectly position him to tackle the significant challenges facing the department. I couldn’t be more excited to work with him.