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NEW YORK — Magalie D. Austin, a former official in the de Blasio administration and Democratic fundraiser, is the latest Haitian-American named to a high-profile role under Mayor Eric Adams. 

As the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC), Austin will oversee the Office of Diversity & Industry Relations, Human Resources, Staff Development and Training, as well as Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives. The agency made the announcement public via Twitter.

DDC is the City’s capital construction agency with a budget of $213.9 million for Fiscal Year 2022. The agency manages the construction of various public buildings and infrastructure projects across the five boroughs. Work on public buildings includes firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and courthouses and work on infrastructure includes the installation/upgrade of sewers, water mains, roadways, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps.

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.