Robert Tierney

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, North
New York, NY 10007

Robert B. Tierney is the former chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York City government body charged with identifying, designating, and regulating buildings, interiors, sites, and districts for their historic or other values. Tierney, a Bloomberg administration appointee, led the commission from 2002 until mid-2014. He designated more city historic districts than any of his predecessors, especially in the boroughs. These include parts of DUMBO, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, Addisleigh Park in southeast Queens, and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Tierneys commission was distinctly non-ideological, the Observer newspaper wrote upon his departure from office. Before 2002, Tierney was a visiting scholar at New York Universitys Taub Urban Research Center, where he focused on issues of state and local governance and as of May 2015, he had returned to the university as a distinguished fellow at NYUs Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Tierneys experience from past decades includes working as the director of public affairs at AT&T. He was also chairman of the New York City Water Board, and was on the boards of the watchdog groups Citizens Union Foundation and the Citizens Budget Commission. From 1978 to 1983, Tierney served as Counsel to Mayor Edward I. Koch, was the citys representative in Albany, and from 1975 to 1978, served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Hugh L. Carey. He received a BA from Yale University, where he majored in English, and received a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School, in Nashville, Tennessee.  -MK