3-Minute Interview: Edward Reiskin

The director of the Department of Public Works has more than 17 years of experience in the private, academic, nonprofit and public sectors.

Any successes that the department has achieved recently? I think we’ve improved the way in which we choose the streets to resurface and how we are actually executing the projects to resurface the streets.

What is the DPW doing this fiscal year that residents will be happy about? I think we are continuing to improve our response to requests for service that go into 311. So whether it’s to get graffiti removed or get a pothole filled, I think we are working to improve how we do that. We are continuing our efforts in the major commercial corridors of The City to keep them looking the way they should.

What is the biggest challenge you’re facing? The past underinvestment in infrastructure leaves us playing a catch-up game now, which is challenging. How to figure out how best to use our limited
dollars to address street resurfacing.

DPW recently said it will reduce the number of street-cleaning days. Have you received any feedback on that? There is definitely some people out there who will not like this, but there are people out there that will like it a lot. We are basically sweeping more than we need to. By doing it every other week we don’t believe there will be any kind of significant difference, but we are saving a bunch of money that could be better used elsewhere.

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