New Leadership to Department of Planning

Furthering his mission to bring experienced leadership to Westchester County Government, County Executive George Latimer has appointed Blanca Lopez as Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Planning. In addition, Susan Darling has been named Chief Planner, Leonard Gruenfeld has been named Program Director for Community Development, and Craig Lader named Director of Transportation Planning.

Latimer said, “Blanca Lopez was appointed as an advisor on Fair and Affordable Housing at the start of our administration, and she has demonstrated a lifelong passion for affordable housing and community services for vulnerable families. Blanca’s dedication to the people of Westchester County is on display every day, and this promotion is very well-earned.”

Lopez said, “It is truly an honor to be appointed as the new Commissioner of Planning for Westchester County. I will not take lightly the responsibilities bestowed upon me in this new role and will work to my fullest potential on behalf of the County to encourage responsible growth and development. I am privileged to lead a department of professionals who share the same goals as I do with respect to improving the quality of life of current and future generations as well as protecting the environment and our communities from emerging challenges.”

Prior to serving as Commissioner, Lopez served as Acting and Deputy Commissioner of Planning. She also served as Assistant Director of Operations for Westchester County responsible for oversight of all County housing-related programs. Lopez brings over two decades of experience in community development, urban planning and housing.

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