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New top lawyer at City Planning department

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago announced the appointment of Susan Amron as the agency’s next General Counsel.

Amron has served as Chief of the Environmental Law Division at the New York City Department of Law for close to a decade.

She has overseen cases related to environmental and land use law, including those arising at public and private development sites across New York City.

In 2009, she won a $105 million jury verdict in a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for contaminating the City’s groundwater, and led the legal team that fought challenges to the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the reconstruction of athletic fields on Randall’s Island.

She has also led the City’s current efforts to push back against the federal government’s rollback of federal environmental policy and regulations.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Susan, listening to her sage counsel at DCP and benefitting from her exceptional problem-solving ability,” said director Lago said.

“As we plan for a growing city – a city that is committed to growth that is sustainable, fair and accessible to all New Yorkers across all our neighborhoods – there is no question that Susan’s decades of public service and unparalleled environmental chops will help us immeasurably in securing an even more equitable and resilient New York City.”

Amron commented, ”As this city moves into the 21st Century, we are working to ensure housing and jobs are accessible to all New Yorkers and that our homes, businesses and shores can be resilient.

“After nearly three decades at the City’s Law Department, DCP offers a new perch from where I can continue to serve the city I love from the ground up.”

A graduate of Yale and Columbia University School of Law, Amron began her legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

She was recruited in 1990 to join the City’s newly-created Environmental Law Division, rising to become deputy chief in 1997 and chief in 2010.

Amron takes over from Anita Laremont, who was appointed Executive Director at DCP last fall

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