Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
DOT

Ed Skyler Departs. Who Will Take Over NYC’s Street Safety Portfolio?

The Bloomberg administration announced this morning the departure of deputy mayor Ed Skyler, who will be taking a position in the financial industry, the Times reports. While Skyler isn't quite a household name in livable streets circles, his portfolio made him an important mayoral advisor on sustainable transportation and street safety policies. As deputy mayor for operations, he was charged with oversight of several of the most high-profile city agencies, including NYPD, NYCDOT, and the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, which coordinates PlaNYC 2030 initiatives.

skyler.jpgEd Skyler. Photo: HuffPo.

Skyler's time in his current role, which he assumed at the end of 2007, has largely overlapped with Janette Sadik-Khan's tenure as DOT commissioner. While he was reported to oppose the push for congestion pricing, nearly all of the city's recent significant livable streets advances have occurred on his watch.

So, what should livable streets advocates look for in his replacement?

Skyler's successor will be in a unique position to coordinate between different city departments, said Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White. "Since improving street safety is such an interagency task, the deputy mayor for operations is the only one who can really bring different agencies to the
same table," he said. "We'd like to see someone who has a good understanding of
NYPD and has their respect. We can be hopeful that we'll get someone who saves lives by
engendering interagency cooperation on traffic safety."

Skyler will be moving on at the end of April. Liz Benjamin reports that "the safe money is on someone within the administration moving up, or a
sort of power-sharing agreement with the deputy mayors who remain."

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Justice Dept., Citing Streetsblog Reporting, Threatens to Sue NYPD Over Cops’ Sidewalk Parking

The city is now facing a major civil rights suit from the Biden Administration if it doesn't eliminate illegal parking by cops and other city workers.

April 19, 2024

What to Say When Someone Claims ‘No One Bikes or Walks in Bad Weather’

Yes, sustainable modes are more vulnerable to bad weather. But that's why we should invest more in them — not less.

April 19, 2024

NYC Transit’s New Operations Planning Chief Wants To Fight ‘Ghost Buses’

One-time transit advocate and current MTA Paratransit VP Chris Pangilinan will oversee bus and subway operations for the whole city.

April 19, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Gimme Bus Shelter Edition

The days of the Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewing every proposed bus shelter in landmarked districts may be no more. Plus more news.

April 19, 2024

Deal Reached: Hochul Says ‘Sammy’s Law’ Will Pass

The bill, though imperfect, has been four years in the making.

April 18, 2024
See all posts