Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Melanie La Rocca as Commissioner of the Department of Buildings.
As Commissioner, she will intensify efforts to ensure the safety of workers by regulating the city’s real estate and construction industries, and enforce the agency’s laws to protect tenants from construction harassment.
The New York City Department of Buildings oversees nearly 1.1 million buildings and more than 45,000 active construction sites in New York City.
“Construction workers are the backbone of our growing city, and the Department of Buildings is the City’s frontline defense to ensure safety on every job site,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I am confident that Melanie La Rocca’s experience and strong ties in our community will ensure she continues strengthening the Department’s role as an agency that looks out for the safety of all New Yorkers.”
“As a life-long New Yorker, I understand how the construction industry plays a key role in ensuring New York City adapts to the changing needs of our business and local communities,” said Commissioner La Rocca. “I know first-hand what it takes to deliver a high-quality project in a fast-paced environment, and I understand the need to connect with all stakeholders, especially with members of the community. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Anglin for the opportunity to lead the agency and continue its mission to strengthen protections for workers while building bridges with key stakeholders in one of the City’s biggest industries.”
La Rocca currently serves as Vice President of Development and External Affairs at the School Construction Authority (SCA), where she oversees the Real Estate Group and all site development, as well as Design and Construction Services and special projects.
She works to identify potential school sites and develop plans to construct new facilities. Over the last eight years, the SCA has never missed a school opening.
La Rocca joined the SCA in January of 2014 as Chief of Staff to the president and CEO, Lorraine Grillo. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Mayor’s Universal Pre-K initiative (UPK), where she oversaw the creation of more than 8,800 new UPK seats across the five boroughs, and the implementation of the Mayor’s newest initiative – 3K for All, where the SCA will once again identify, design, and construction early childhood centers serving the City’s youngest students.
Prior to joining SCA, La Rocca served as Chief of Staff to Christine C. Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council. She previously served as a member of Queens Community Board 1.
La Rocca obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, where she majored in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration.