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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.

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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.