Meera Joshi Leaves FMCSA for New York Role


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FMCSA Deputy Administrator Meera Joshi has been chosen by New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams to serve as New York City’s deputy mayor for operations, a move that marks the end of New York City’s appointment. Joshi to become head of the Federal Security Agency.

Joshi had previously served as CEO of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, and with that appointment he joins a list of five Adams women on December 20 selected to serve as senior lieutenants in his administration.

Joshi’s appointment as head of the FMCSA was suspended in the US Senate by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), A member of the Senate Committee on Commerce. He recently indicated that he “intends to retain all candidates from the Department of Transportation” until the panel hears the leadership of the Departments of Transportation and Commerce on the Biden administration’s response to the problems of the national supply chain.

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said in a statement: “Meera Joshi has led the FMCSA through historic times – as an unprecedented global pandemic, countless natural disasters, a cyberattack on a large domestic pipeline and widespread labor shortages have tested the freight economy in ways never seen before. before seen.

“Throughout his tenure, the trucking industry has found Deputy Administrator Joshi to be a sincere, collaborative and valuable partner in government. Its use of data and stakeholder feedback led to a strong policy process designed to meet real-world needs. His leadership has helped ensure that our industry can continue to safely serve the American people and meet the demands of the economy in these incredible times. “

Adams also appointed Lorraine Grillo, the city’s COVID recovery czar, as the first deputy mayor. Nonprofit executive Anne Williams-Isom will be deputy mayor for health and social services. The Ford Foundation’s Maria Torres-Springer will be deputy mayor for economic and workforce development. Sheena Wright, CEO of United Way of New York City, will serve as deputy mayor for strategic initiatives.

In New York, mayors have flexibility in the structure of the executive and members of parliament. Although Adams has said he will also select a deputy mayor for public safety, the structure closely resembles Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

Women will be tasked with directly managing the city’s response as it attempts to improve the city’s stubbornly high unemployment rate, reduce homelessness and crime, and increase tourism again. The team, which will take over on January 1, will also have to deal with the most recent peak of COVID in the city, which has caused a rapid increase in COVID cases and pushed back a series of business closures as the weather approaches. winter vacation.

“For us to ensure that this city recovers quickly while addressing the inequalities that plagued us long before the COVID-19 strike, we must have high-level leadership that can both serve New Yorkers and be representative of New Yorkers, ”Adams said.

– With the help of Laura Nahmias.

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