Bloomberg appoints former OEM official to head housing recovery unit

November 05, 2012 03:30PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Brad Gair, a former deputy commissioner for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, as director of housing recovery operations for the city, the Mayor announced at a press conference in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn today. The newly-created position is a temporary appointment, a representative for the Mayor’s office said.

Gair will develop an inventory of temporary housing and oversee the city’s efforts to relocate displaced citizens into it.

“Mayor Bloomberg is committed to ensuring that every New Yorker displaced by Sandy has a safe and warm place to live,” Department of Housing Preservation and Development commissioner Mat Wambua said in a statement provided by the Mayor’s office. “Our agency will work closely with [Gair] … to get New Yorkers into those homes as quickly as we can.”

Gair will coordinate with state and federal authorities, and will oversee four newly-appointed community recovery directors, one each serving Manhattan and the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. Previously, Gair worked for the OEM and was the a federal recovery officer for the city following the 9/11 attacks, the statement said. —Guelda Voien