David Bragdon gets new NYC gig

Former Metro President David Bragdon is moving on to oversee a huge parkland revitalization program in New York City.

Former Metro President David Bragdon is moving on to oversee a huge parkland revitalization program in New York City. 

David Bragdon, the former president of the Oregon Metro Council, is leaving his post as sustainability chief for New York City to take over planning for the revitalization of 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parkland in the Jamaica Bay area of the city.

Bragdon, who left his post at Metro in 2010 to coordinate New York's sustainability efforts for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will take on planning duties under the jointly managed federal and city effort for a swath of land that stretches from Brooklyn to Queens.

Bragdon, who's been back to Portland a few times since his departure and makes cultural links between the two cities, was succeeded in his sustainability post in Mayor Bloomberg's office by Sergej Mahnovski, who had served as the mayor's energy policy adviser.

According to an announcement from Mayor Bloomberg's office, Bragdon had been instrumental in securing the partnership with the federal government around the management and revitalization of the Jamaica Bay parks land. The partnership was formalized in July.

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