Bill de Blasio taps Gladys Carrión, Cuomo official, to lead ACS
An official under Gov. Andrew Cuomo will head the city’s Administration for Children’s Services, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.
Gladys Carrión, a Bronx native who served seven years as commissioner for the state’s Office of Children and Family Services, is charged with prioritizing preventative measures to help vulnerable children as de Blasio’s ACS commissioner.
The mayor-elect said making the appointment was “very personal.”
Before his mayoral campaign, and even his bid for public advocate, de Blasio chaired the City Council’s General Welfare Committee, which provided oversight to ACS.
He cited the deaths of Marchella Pierce and Nixzmary Brown, which he investigated during a hearing held as chair, in highlighting the importance of improving ACS and its preventative services.
Pierce, 4, died at only 18 pounds in 2010. ACS caseworkers and a private subcontractor failed to check on her care from her mother, a drug addict. Brown, 7, was beaten and tortured to death by her stepfather in 2006. ACS knew about the abuse.
“This is an agency that is charged with literally some of the most important work government does,” de Blasio said.
Carrión said she and de Blasio “share the same values.”
“We need to focus on tightening the system so that no child falls through the cracks,” she said. “It’s something New York City can’t afford to get wrong.”
Returning to an old campaign standby, de Blasio added that children are most affected by the city’s inequality.
“The fact that this tale of two cities visits our children so sharply is one of the most troubling realities of today,” he said.
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