Parks Commissioner leaves for national organization

June 18, 2012 1:07:17 PM PDT
New York City's Parks Department commissioner is leaving city government to take a job with the national land conservation group The Trust for Public Land.

Commissioner Adrian Benepe will become the senior vice president of city park development for the organization.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that Benepe will be replaced by Veronica White, who has been the executive director of the city's Center for Economic Opportunity since Bloomberg launched it in 2006.

During White's tenure the center made news with an anti-poverty program that paid low-income people for maintaining good habits such as going to the dentist or opening a bank account.

The center also developed its own poverty measure, which was eventually incorporated into a federal formula.

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