YONKERS, NY – January 15, 2014 — The Yonkers City Council last evening unanimously confirmed Mayor Mike Spano’s nomination of Brendan McGrath, Esq., to Yonkers Inspector General and Tor Soderquist, to Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology.
City Council President Liam McLaughlin was keen to emphasize that both appointees are residents of Yonkers.
“Tor Soderquist told us he wants to give something back to Yonkers by bringing almost three decades of information technology management experience to city government,” McLaughlin said. “He possesses all the education, experience, qualification and training to serve in this position and I look forward to working with him in the months ahead to modernize city government.”
Council President McLaughlin said that McGrath shares his vision for an independent and impartial Office of the Inspector General. “The IG must be a true watchdog and every employee of the city must always be held to the highest ethical standard. I will not allow the scandals that plague Albany to happen here,” he said.
Inspector General McGrath attended SUNY Brockport and earned a JD from Pace University. He spent ten years as counsel to former Assemblyman Ron Tocci, served as Deputy Westchester County Clerk from 2006 to 2007 and did two stints with the Westchester County Attorney’s Office. He most recently served as first deputy corporation counsel for the City.
Majority Leader John Larkin said, “Having worked with Brendan McGrath as first deputy corporation counsel and seen his work ethic and integrity, I am confident that he will do as equally as great a job as our inspector general.”
The members of the Yonkers City Council are joined by the newly-confirmed Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology and his family. From left to right, Mary Margaret, Emma, Cathy and Tor Soderquist
Deputy Commissioner Soderquist was educated in Sweden and holds an MBA from Fordham University. He spent the last twelve years with NASDAX OMX, where he served as Director of Global IT Services from 2011-2013. He is fluent in multiple computer programming languages, across different operating systems and is knowledgeable in the specification, development, testing, installation, operating and repair of databases and computer systems.
The City Council also passed a unanimous resolution urging property owners in the City to mulch grass and leaves on their own property to reduce the cost of collection and disposal by the City.