De Blasio selects Louise Carroll as new HPD chief

Maria Torres-Springer stepped down in February

Louise Carroll (Credit: Twitter)
Louise Carroll (Credit: Twitter)

There’s a new commissioner in town.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped Louise Carroll, currently general counsel of the Housing Development Corporation, to be the new commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Crain’s reported.

“I’m going fight to ensure New Yorkers can afford to live and thrive in this City,” Carroll said in a statement. “Fighting means cutting through the red-tape, rejecting business as usual, and enacting policies that focus on the everyday lives of tenants.”

Carroll previously served at HPD from 2006 to 2018, serving as Associate Commissioner for Housing Incentives from 2016. In that role, she revamped the city’s tax incentives programs and led the creation of a compliance and enforcement unit to protect tenants’ rights, and helped design and implement mandatory, permanent affordable housing requirements.

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“Affordable Housing is about more than just numbers for Louise – she knows that with every affordable home created and preserved, it means more New Yorkers can stabilize their lives and thrive in their neighborhoods. She will fight aggressively to protect tenants and prevent displacement,” de Blasio said.

Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in St. Lucia, Carroll had previously worked as the CFO of Friedrich A. Detjen, a German ship-owning and brokerage company in Cyprus, before entering public service.

Eric Enderlin, who has been acting commissioner since Maria Torres-Springer stepped down in February, will resume to his post as President of the Housing Development Corporation. [Crain’s] — Kevin Sun