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February 26, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Former New York City Council Member Jessica Lappin has been named the next president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. Ms. Lappin will also serve as the president of the Alliance’s sister organization, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Downtown Alliance and eager to lead such an accomplished team,” Ms. Lappin said. “It is particularly exciting to be taking the helm at the Alliance at this point in the district’s history. The transformation unfolding in Lower Manhattan is inspiring. Working on behalf of the area’s businesses, residents, workers and visitors will be an honor and a privilege. ”

“We are delighted that Jessica has joined us as the Alliance’s fourth president,” said Robert R. Douglass, Chairman of the Alliance for Downtown New York. “Jessica’s energy, policy acumen, skills as a persuasive advocate and track record of substantial accomplishments in public service will enable her to make important, lasting contributions to the future of Lower Manhattan.”

Ms. Lappin, who began her new position February 10, was selected after an extensive search process that was initiated following the death of the Alliance’s previous president, Elizabeth H. Berger.

A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Lappin has a distinguished record in civic life and public service. A New York City Council Member representing Manhattan’s fifth district from 2006 to 2013, she earned a reputation as a committed advocate for her constituents and a champion of common-sense, practical solutions. She played a key role in bringing the Cornell-Technion Applied Science and Engineering Campus to Roosevelt Island and worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to mitigate negative impacts stemming from construction of the 2nd Avenue subway. As Co-Chair of the City Council Women’s Caucus, she authored a nationally recognized, landmark bill to protect women’s health and reproductive rights.

As the former Chair of the Council’s Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses, she made significant contributions to the protection of the city’s waterfront and helped lead the fight for a greener New York. She authored laws creating the city’s textile recycling and street corner recycling programs. She was instrumental in reclaiming waterfront areas that had been inaccessible and in making them available to the public. By securing $15.5 million in funding, she helped spur the development of four new waterfront parks. They include FDR Four Freedoms Park and Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island, Andrew Haswell Green Park on Manhattan’s east side waterfront, and a soon-to-be-built park behind One Sutton Place.

Prior to holding office, Ms. Lappin served as a senior advisor to Council Speaker Gifford Miller, who also represented the fifth district on the New York City Council.

Ms. Lappin lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Georgetown University with high honors and Stuyvesant High School, where she was in the first class to graduate from its Lower Manhattan location.

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