New York City mayor Eric Adams on Friday expressed confidence new parks commissioner Susan Donoghue can keep NYC ‘green’.
Sources said Donoghue, who has served as the president of the Prospect Park Alliance since 2014, will take over the helm at the Parks Department and be tasked with hashing out a plan for how to better “utilize green spaces” citywide.
“They’re going to hit the ground running and going to come with a plan in the next few weeks,” Adams said.
“This is the best way we can get the best bang for our buck for public spaces and green spaces,” Adams added.
Aside from Donoghue, Adams has also appointed Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, a 35-year Parks Department veteran as the agency’s first deputy commissioner.
Donoghue is happy with her appointment and she vowed to do her job well.
“Our parks function as the lungs of the city. They clean our air, they help to lower air temperatures, they absorb stormwater, they have a critical role to play in addressing climate change,” Donoghue said.
“But they also are for many New Yorkers where they first learn to ride a bike or throw a ball or have access to the wonders of nature,” Donoghue added.