De Blasio Reaches to Raleigh for Parks Chief

NEW YORK (AP) -
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday signs an autograph for a bachur after announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver (left) in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Rob Bennett/City Hall)
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday signs an autograph for a bachur after announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver (left) in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Rob Bennett/City Hall)

Reaching to a top Raleigh, North Carolina, planning official to head the city’s parks department, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose on Friday Mitchell Silver as commissioner.

Silver has most recently served as the chief planning director in Raleigh, N.C. He also is former president of the American Planning Association.

Silver will replace Veronica White, who stepped down at the end of December.

The park advocate group Friends of the High Line heralded the appointment as “a wonderful harbinger of spring.”