City Planning Commissioner Eyeing Stepping Down?
City Planning commissioner Carl Weisbrod's exit may be on the horizon, but he's not exactly saying either way yet.
A source tells Crain’s that Weisbrod (snapped here by us back in 2011 on the left with NYU prof Barry Hersh, Cushman & Wakefield retail director Alexandra Akira and former Port Authority executive director Chris Ward) has grown fed up with flak from community boards and residents unhappy with the de Blasio Administration's aggressive affordable housing policies.
With the East New York rezoning already moving forward and the mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing requirement passed, Crain’s reports sources have suggested the commissioner may have reached a point where he feels he’s made his mark on the city and could be ready to move on.
But with 14 additional rezonings in the works, among them the much-touted Midtown East rezoning, some of Crain's sources said they’d expect him to stick around.
In an email sent to Crain’s, his office vaguely said: “Carl is immensely proud of what he and his team are achieving at City Planning, and there is still much important work to be done.”
In a later email, the commish said he planned to step down “someday.”
But when, Carl?
There’s also the matter of Mayor Bill de Blasio facing increasing scrutiny over how he’s funneled campaign contributions toward his re-election—and that a high-level deputy’s departure could complicate an already tricky political climate for the mayor. [Crain's]