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Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Edward Grayson as the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation on December 31, 2020.

Grayson, a twenty-one-year DSNY veteran, has served as Acting Commissioner since September. 2020. Prior to his appointment, Grayson most recently served as a four-star chief and Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection in September of 2017. Commissioner Grayson has held a range of positions throughout the Department. He was Operations Chief overseeing snow removal during the 2016 Jonas Blizzard, the largest snow storm in New York City history.

As Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection, Grayson oversaw day-to-day operations, including the collection, recycling and disposal of more than 12,000 tons of waste per day and efforts to keep the city’s communities healthy, safe and clean. He has implemented new technologies to improve snow removal and reform front-line operations, and he has been a leader in the Department’s implementation of the City’s aggressive zero-waste goals.

His father was a life-long Sanitation Worker and Supervisor and his mother was recycling outreach coordinator during the rollout of the City’s groundbreaking citywide recycling program in the 1990s.

Commissioner Grayson was raised in Ridgewood, Queens.

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