New York City's incoming mayor announced Tuesday he would introduce a new office to minimize wasteful spending by the city's leadership.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced in a press release he has appointed Marjorie Landa as director of the newly created Mayor’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance and Lisa Flores as the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, saying the new appointees will "make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately."
“I pledged to both create a more efficient City government as mayor and finally reverse the inequalities that keep so many in our city from thriving," Adams said. "Inefficiency leads to inequality, and when government is spending irresponsibly and agencies are working in conflict with each other, everyday New Yorkers suffer. This is about holding our government to the highest standard of ethics and ensuring it delivers for everyday New Yorkers — because if you don’t inspect what you expect, it’s all suspect."
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Rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in our agencies will help our City deliver for those who need it most. Lisa Flores and Marjorie Landa will serve as watchdogs for our city and make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately. pic.twitter.com/X6kAgSglBc— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) December 28, 2021
The new office intends to identify systemic and agency-specific risks with help from the mayor and City Hall before expanding into more costly audits and investigations.
Landa, who currently serves as deputy comptroller for audit and investigations, said she was excited to work under Adams.
"In my past City service, I have seen how important it is for agencies to get out in front of problems by spotting and fixing weaknesses and vulnerabilities before they allow waste, fraud, and abuse to take hold, draining City funds and degrading vital services," Landa said in the press release. "The Mayor’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance will enable the City to do just that.”
Likewise, Flores was enthusiastic about working with the newly elected mayor, saying, "It will be my great honor to do my part in making the City work better for all of us."
She currently serves as deputy comptroller for contracts and procurement and oversees contracts, contract amendments, leases, and concessions between city agencies and vendors.
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Adams expressed frustration at how the Department of Education is "spending $38 billion on education and 65% of black and brown children never reach proficiency." Additionally, he hopes to improve the city's jail systems, which he claims spends $556,539 per inmate each year, according to the New York Post.