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Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler to leave at end of January

January 7, 2019 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rick Chandler. Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Buildings
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NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler plans to leave his post at the end of the month.

Chandler, 58, said he’s long planned to retire between 55 and 60, according to The Real Deal. First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Fariello is set to take over as acting commissioner until Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints a replacement.

Chandler, at various times, worked as borough commissioner in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn. He also worked for the city Department of Homeless Services and at Hunter College. De Blasio appointed him commissioner in 2014.

John Banks, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, told The Real Deal that Chandler was a “tough negotiator” who worked to make sure that DOB wasn’t a “bureaucratic dead end.”

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