YONKERS, NY — Yonkers Mayor-Elect Mike Spano today continued filling leadership positions for his incoming administration, announcing his appointments for the positions of City Engineer, Director of Veterans Services, and Commissioner of Housing and Buildings.
William Schneider, currently Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Buildings, will be elevated to the position of Acting Commissioner. Schneider has served as deputy commissioner since 2002, and before that spent fourteen years in supervisory positions with the Westchester County Health Department and the Bureau of Environmental Quality. A licensed professional engineer, he began his career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a Certified Code Enforcement Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Manhattan College.
Supervising a staff of 32 people, Schneider has been responsible for reviewing the wide variety of development in Yonkers, ranging from the downtown and waterfront, to the Cross County Shopping Center and Ridge Hill, as well as residential construction.
“Bill Schneider has dedicated his life to public sector engineering and building regulation,” said Mayor-elect Spano, “As the number two person in the department he has been involved in every aspect of dealing with construction in the city. He is absolutely ready to step up and expand his responsibilities.”
Paul Summerfield, also a licensed professional engineer, will be elevated to the position of City Engineer, having served as Acting City Engineer since November. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and a M.A, in applied mathematics from Hunter College.
Prior to November Summerfield had served as deputy for nearly five years. He has been particularly involved in several flood remediation projects, the Ashburton Avenue widening project, as well as reviewing various public infrastructure projects throughout the City.
“Paul is another example of a number two person who has shown he is ready and able to serve as number one,” said Spano, “I am pleased he has accepted the opportunity. He will be a great choice for the City as we deal with the various public works and engineering issues that result from our complicated infrastructure and geography.”
Spano also announced that Albert Ramsey will continue as Director of the Office of Veterans Services. Ramsey is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He earned three Associates degrees during his service, and completed both the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and the Senior NCO Academy. He has been director of the Office of Veterans Services since 2000, and has served on the agency’s staff since 1999. In 2006 he was selected as the New York State Service Officer of the Year by the New York American Legion.
“Al Ramsey has served our estimated 18,000 Yonkers veterans with distinction, and I am pleased he will continue to do so,” said Spano, “Nothing is more important than ensuring that our veterans receive the assistance and entitlements that they have earned as a result of their service to our nation. Al Ramsey has been outstanding in seeing that they do, and our city is the better for it.”
All appointments are subject to City Council approval.