New Sanitation Commissioner Faces Challenges

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has a new Sanitation Commissioner. Over the weekend, he appointed Kathryn Garcia, the former Chief Operating Officer for the city's Department of Environmental Protection. She'll take over the sanitation job from John Doherty, who's retiring after 16 years.

Garcia is well known in city government and among environmental groups, but her only experience in the Sanitation Department comes from an internship there more than 20 years ago.

Garcia will have a number of challenges ahead of her, including implementing former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Solid Waste Management Plan from 2006. Then-City Councilman Bill de Blasio voted for the plan.

“The fact that she has this extensive experience in working in a New York City government agency; that she has a commitment to implementing environmentally-sustainable disposal programs and that she has the personal confidence of the mayor. Those are the essential qualities one needs in a commissioner these days,” said Eric Goldstein, New York City Environment director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

He spoke to WNYC’s Amy Eddings.