NYC Mayor Eric Adams appoints new Department of Sanitation commissioner

NYC Mayor Eric Adams appoints new Department of Sanitation commissioner

On Monday, 18th April 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the appointment of Jessica Tisch as commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

With over a decade of experience transforming government agencies to work more efficiently and effectively for New Yorkers as deputy commissioner of Information Technology at the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Jessica Tisch has proven to be worthy of leading the department into the 21st century — modernizing systems to strengthen public safety and improve communications.

Most recently, Tisch served as commissioner for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), where she launched the modernization of the city’s information technology infrastructure and managed critical COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

As DSNY commissioner, Tisch will manage the city’s waste collection, recycling, and disposal, as well as cleaning and snow removal for approximately 6,500 miles of city streets.

Mayor Adams remarked that “Jessica’s knowledge, experience, and unwavering commitment to New York City cannot be overstated."

“Put plainly, Jessica is a ‘Get Stuff Done’ leader, who has delivered continuous results on behalf of all New Yorkers throughout her career. From revolutionizing policing technology in the NYPD, to overseeing critical pandemic programs to support New Yorkers in need, Jessica’s work has touched millions. 

"All New Yorkers deserve clean, safe, and welcoming streets, and I know Jessica will bring the same energy and deliver results leading the sanitation department as we continue building a just and prosperous recovery for all. 

"I also want to thank Commissioner Grayson for his decades of service — all New Yorkers owe him a debt of gratitude for his unwavering leadership throughout the pandemic.

“Jessica Tisch brings years of experience navigating city government, and I look forward to working with her as commissioner for the Department of Sanitation,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. 

“As the leader for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, she delivered results, and I know she will work hard to keep our streets clean, make waste collection greener, and keep our roads clear when the winter returns.

“Clean, safe neighborhoods will power New York City’s recovery, and innovations in composting, recycling, and collection will secure our future,” said DSNY Commissioner Jessica Tisch. 

“The Department of Sanitation is essential to building the comeback New Yorkers deserve, and I thank Mayor Adams and Deputy Mayor Joshi for entrusting me to helm New York’s Strongest. I’m honored to help the mayor realize his vision for a safer and more welcoming city.”

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer claimed that Jessica Tisch would do a great job as the city's next commissioner of sanitation.

“She has the managerial and governmental experience, the energy, and that New York can-do attitude that will keep DSNY humming."

He wished her all the best.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “New York City deserves public servants like Jessica Tisch, who work hard, solve problems creatively, and take public service seriously."

“For nearly 15 years, from her time in my administration up through today, Jessie has devoted her life to strengthening New York City and improving the lives of its people. 

"She is a fantastic choice to lead DSNY and will throw herself into the mission of keeping our communities clean, fighting climate change, and bringing innovations and new ideas to this important agency.

"Delivering essential services is the government's number one job and I know Jessie is more than up to the task.

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander remarked that “Sanitation is fundamental to a livable city and Jessica Tisch knows how to deliver timely and effective services."

“Her tenure at DoITT demonstrates that she is the kind of problem solver our city needs — from her work to create a text-to-911 system to installing broadband in family shelters. I applaud the appointment of Jessica Tisch to lead the Sanitation Department.”

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson said “Our borough knows firsthand the importance of the Department of Sanitation in our communities and the need for clean streets and neighborhoods."

“While working alongside Jessica Tisch during my time as chair of Public Safety, she oversaw the rollout of body cameras, the 911 call system, and other important new technologies that have helped to make us a safer city. 

"I believe she has the commitment, dedication, diligence, and tenacity to lead the Department of Sanitation and enact incredible change for our borough and city.” 

“I worked closely with Jess in her role leading DoITT during the COVID-19 crisis, when the agency was key to the delivery of myriad vital services, including vaccination and testing,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. 

“I have come to know her as a talented, innovative, decisive public sector manager — qualities that I have no doubt will make her an excellent DSNY commissioner. I am excited to continue working with her in her new role.”