DeBlasio Appoints A True Progressive and Some

Congratulations to Gladys Carrión for her appointment by mayor elect, Bill DeBlasio as Commissioner at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS.. My next piece is on this appointment.


Bronx native to lead Administration programs to protect NYC’s most vulnerable children and lift up at-risk families

NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today appointed Gladys Carrión as Commissioner at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). De Blasio, who has been involved in reforming New York City’s child welfare system, charged Carrión with prioritizing preventive services to protect vulnerable children and help families avoid crisis.

Born and raised in the South Bronx, Carrión has built a strong reputation as a reformer focused on improving outcomes for some of the most at-risk families in our state. She began her career at Bronx Legal Services representing families in the nation’s poorest congressional district. In the early 1990s, Carrión was on the front lines of tackling poverty as Commissioner of New York City’s Community Development Agency, and later headed Inwood House and the United Way’s community investment initiatives.

Most recently, as Governor Cuomo’s Commissioner of the Office of Family Services, Carrión overhauled a broken juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism, encourage rehabilitation and keep youth closer to their families and communities. The reforms significantly reduced costs and increased services for disenfranchised youth, leading to better outcomes.

“There is no responsibility more sacred than protecting the lives of children. Gladys Carrión knows just how high the stakes are in this work. She has been a conscience both inside and outside of government, one who stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We are driven by the same fundamental belief that we cannot leave a single family or child behind,” said Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.

“For seven years, Gladys Carrión has been a valued leader in State government, helping to improve the care of New York’s children and enhancing the quality of life for our families. As Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services, she led major child welfare and juvenile justice programs that have made a significant and lasting impact on communities statewide. I look forward to partnering with her in her new role in Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s administration and I am confident she will serve the City of New York with integrity and dedication,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

“We are going to approach this mission with compassion, purpose and an unwavering commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said incoming ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión. “It has been a privilege to work for Governor Andrew Cuomo, and we are proud of what we accomplished at OCFS during my time in Albany.  Now I am proud to join Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s team in New York City fighting for vulnerable children and families.”

About Gladys Carrión:

For the past seven years, Gladys Carrión has served as Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), a $4 billion agency charged with overseeing New York State’s child welfare services, including foster care, adoption and juvenile delinquency.

As OCFS Commissioner, Carrión is credited with overhauling an abusive state juvenile detention system marred by an 89 percent recidivism rate. Under her leadership, OCFS shut down more than a dozen of the most egregious juvenile centers, rerouting youthful offenders into less costly and more effective therapeutic programs located closer to home.

Carrión spearheaded far-reaching reforms in the child welfare system, supporting families accused of child neglect with services and interventions tailored to their needs – rather than employing traditional law enforcement approaches. Under her leadership, OCFS implemented a landmark nondiscrimination policy to protect transgender youth in juvenile detention centers, which was heralded as “a model for similar kinds of agencies all over the country” by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Gladys Carrión’s long career on behalf of low-income youth and families in New York began at Bronx Legal Services, where she represented families in the nation’s poorest congressional district in cases ranging from family law to social welfare. She later served as executive director of the Inwood House, one of the oldest youth serving organizations in the City, which provided home, schooling, and parenting classes to approximately 150 pregnant girls a year who came through the foster system. Carrión’s non-profit sector experience also includes the United Way; Carrión directed the organization’s Community Action strategy, which allocated resources within high poverty areas and collaborated with community-based organizations.

As Commissioner of New York City’s Community Development Agency under Mayor David Dinkins, Carrión led antipoverty efforts by restructuring the Community Action Programs to increase the number of communities and residents eligible to receive aid.

Carrión is a graduate of Fordham University and New York University School of Law.