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Mayor Names New Boss for City's Water System

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Staying hydrated by filling up water bottle in Union Square Park on a sweltering day in June. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The city agency charged with bringing drinking water to 9 million New Yorkers has a new leader in Carter H. Strickland, Jr., an insider tapped by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

As a Deputy Commissioner at the DEP, Stickland helped set new limits on sulfur in heating oil, a key step in the mayor's plan to make city air cleaner.

Earlier in his career, Strickland was an assistant New York Attorney General under Eliot Spitzer, and later represented groups in noise and water pollution suits as an attorney at at Rutgers University's environmental law clinic.

A big challenge in Strickland's new job will be blunting rising water rates, which have risen 90 percent over the past five years due to the cost of fixing tunnels and infrastructure.

Strickland replaces Caswell Holloway, who was appointed Deputy Mayor for Operations earlier this month when Stephen Goldsmith abruptly stepped down.

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