De Blasio Appoints Three Queens Leaders To Transition Team

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled his 60-member transition team appointed to help select the City’s next administration.

Among the names on the list are three prominent Queens leaders – York College president Marcia Keizs, Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu and Queens Council on the Arts executive director Hoong Yee lee Krakauer.

“These leaders are volunteering their expertise in every issue and area of municipal affairs,” said de Blasio in a statement. “They will be advising me based on their wealth of experience and knowledge of specific issue areas and government agencies.”

Keizs, the sixth president at York College, has been at the college for seven years. Under her leadership, York has increased its full-time faculty by approximately 40 percent and established an Undergraduate Research Program and a collaborative honors program with the Food and Drug Administration while structuring the College into three schools—School of Business and Information Systems; School of Health and Behavioral Sciences; and School of Arts and Sciences.

Hsu, a Flushing native, has always had an interest in economic and community development. When he was in high school, Hsu was a volunteer and chairman of the American Red Cross Queens Chapter Youth Group during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Upon graduating from Harvard College, Hsu also served as a U.S. Army officer, where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal.

When he was done with his military service, Hsu returned to his home and eventually founded the nonprofit Coalition for Queens – a tech group which seeks to increase economic opportunity and transform the Borough into a leading hub for innovation.

Krakauer, a Rockaway Beach resident, has been the executive director of the Queens Council on the Arts since 2000. On a daily basis, the artist/author focused on creating opportunities and spaces in the Borough where arts and groups can participate as a driving force in reinventing the community.

“I am honored to be contributing to the creation of a new administration,” she said.

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