DOT picks new boro head

By Madina Toure

The city Department of Transportation has selected Nicole Garcia, deputy borough commissioner, to become the new Queens commissioner.

“NYC DOT is very excited to appoint Nicole Garcia as our new Queens borough commissioner,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement. “Nicole’s experience in Queens over the years, deep knowledge of the agency and outstanding communications skills will prove invaluable to her leadership in Queens.”

Garcia, who is a resident of Queens, has served as deputy borough commissioner since 2013.

She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and her Master of Science in strategic communications from Columbia University.

She previously served as the DOT’s deputy press secretary, where she learned the operational parts of the agency and communicated the agency’s position on transportation policy, safety projects and planning initiatives.

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