Mayor Adams Appoints Eric Ulrich as Department of Buildings Commissioner

Mayor Adams Appoints Eric Ulrich as Department of Buildings Commissioner

By Yehudit Garmaise

Mayor Eric Adams appointed today, as the new commissioner of the Department of Buildings (DOB): Eric Ulrich, who currently serves as a senior advisor to the mayor.

“I will be laser-focused on raising safety standards on job sites, delivering the customer service our city deserves, and making our building industry the most sustainable in the nation,” said Ulrich, who, from 2009 to 2021 served on the NYC City Council, representing District 32 in Queens, where he grew up and where he initiated many projects that ensured building while serving on the Committee on Housing and Buildings.

After the wreckage of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Ulrich coordinated a massive relief effort that helped residents to rebuild their homes and businesses. 

Ulrich also introduced and passed legislation that accelerated the rebuilding process and zoned a special coastal risk district that helps the city to assess risks of tidal flooding.

To serves as the DOB’s first deputy commissioner, the mayor appointed Kazimir Vilenchik, a professional engineer, who joined the DOB in October 2008 as deputy borough commissioner in Staten Island.

Vilenchik also served in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn before becoming borough commissioner of Brooklyn in 2018.

Together, Ulrich and Vilenchik will protect the public in the city’s nearly 1.1 million buildings and protect workers on construction sites by enforcing the city’s construction codes and zoning resolutions.

The new DOB heads also are expected to lead the way in as the city aims to create and maintain buildings that do not deplete of natural resources.

“Eric Ulrich and Kazimir Vilenchik are the right leadership team at the right time for the Department of Buildings,” said Mayor Adams, who thanks the DOB’s Acting Commissioner Gus Sirakis. “Our city and our economy cannot recover from the COVID-19 pandemic without a strong construction industry, and this team will deliver while prioritizing worker safety and customer service.

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