UPPER MANHATTAN, NY – Mayor-elect Eric Adams has chosen Washington Heights and Inwood board member Ydanis Rodriguez to be the next commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, reported the New York Post.
Rodriguez, who has served on the Upper Manhattan board for the past 11 years, also served as chairman of the transportation committee for eight years.
Rodriguez was an early supporter and supporter of Adams, appearing with him frequently at events, using social media to broadcast Adams ‘policies, and serving as a force majeure in Adams’ ability to also receive endorsements from prominent Latino elected officials such as Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Carmen De La Rosa, member of the Assembly.
Rodriguez’s office did not respond to a request for confirmation and comment from Patch.
A source told the New York Post that Rodriguez was “essentially” offered the post of chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner – turned it down – and then was offered the post of DOT chief.
Rodriguez is a long-time supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative to reduce traffic fatalities, meeting the city’s carbon neutrality goal by 2050, adding leads protected cycle paths in the five arrondissements and the city’s speed camera program.
When Rodriguez first moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic, he worked as a taxi driver while graduating in political science from City College.