New Rochelle’s new development commissioner will be Luiz Aragon, who is now the commissioner of planning and environmental management for Sullivan County.
Aragon was chosen by City Manager Charles Strome III and will take his new position on Feb. 11. He replaces Joan McCallion, who was named acting commissioner after Michael Freimuth left the position last October to head Connecticut’s Capital Area Development Agency.
Aragon’s annual salary will be $155,000.
The development commissioner is a key figure in New Rochelle, overseeing the city’s end of major projects such as the development of homes, stores and parkland on Echo Bay, and Iona College’s plans for new dormitories.
Here’s the city’s announcement on the hiring:
New Development Commissioner Appointed
City Manager Charles B. Strome, III announced today the appointment of Luiz C. Aragon as Development Commissioner for the City of New Rochelle.
Mr. Aragon brings to the City a wealth of experience, having served as Planning Commissioner of Sullivan County, New York and prior to that as Deputy Commissioner of Preservation and Development for the City of New York. His expertise includes community development, economic development and revitalization, housing, planning, and environmental management.
As a member of the Mid-Hudson Region Sustainable Consortium, Mr. Aragon assisted in the development the regional plan which includes a renewable energy strategy that creates jobs while reducing costs. As part of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, he reviewed and recommended grant awards for local development councils, including those for the Echo Bay and Sound Shore Medical Center projects.
“The Development Commissioner is integral to the advancement of our City, and we conducted an extensive search to find the best candidate,” said City Manager Strome. “Mr. Aragon has a distinguished record of accomplishments and I look forward to him joining our staff.”
“I look forward to being part of the development team that will propel our wonderful City forward economically, as part of the very foundation supporting the economic health of our Empire State,” said Mr. Aragon.
Mr. Aragon will assume the position February 11, 2013.