DFTA commissioner to step down at end of November

Donna Corrado
By Cassidy Klein

Donna Corrado will be stepping down from her role as commissioner of the Department for the Aging (DFTA) at the end of November, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

Caryn Resnick, the deputy commissioner of external affairs, will assume the role of acting commissioner, effective Dec. 1.

“New York’s seniors have been well served with Donna at the helm,” de Blasio said. “Donna’s strength of character and dedication to public service is admired across the city. I am deeply grateful for her years of service.”

Corrado served nearly five years at DFTA.

Under her leadership, New York City increased its budget for senior citizen services by nearly 50 percent, expanding senior centers, as well as caregiver, home care and mental health services.

“It has been the highlight of my professional career to lead DFTA under Mayor de Blasio,” Corrado said. “I am very proud of our accomplishments over the past five years. Our collective efforts have advanced the senior center network, strengthened core services and made New York a much better place to grow older. As I prepare for my encore career, I will always be grateful to the mayor for this opportunity.”

Resnick, who will be assuming Corrado’s position, was appointed to her role as deputy commissioner at DFTA in 2002. She is a nationally recognized advocate for older adults, who are expected to represent 21 percent of the city’s population by 2040.

“It has been an honor to work with Commissioner Corrado,” said Resnick. “She is an inspirational leader whose efforts to enhance the aging services network will be felt for years to come. I look forward to implementing the Mayor’s strategic vision as we create a more equitable city for more than 1.6 million older New Yorkers.”

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