The Community Service Society congratulates our friend and longtime fellow advocate for low-income New Yorkers, Steven Banks, on his appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).
As Attorney-in-Chief for the Legal Aid Society, where he has spent the entirety of his more than 30-year career, Mr. Banks profoundly understands both the problems and potential of HRA. Among the numerous legal fights he has led at the agency, he served as the architect and prosecutor of the McCain litigation on behalf of homeless families. Over the past several years, CSS has advocated to increase the opportunities for young people on public assistance to participate in full-time education programs. We look forward to seeing these policies advanced further by new leadership that sees HRA’s role as helping those in need, not punishing them.
There are few people better qualified than Mr. Banks to turn HRA into an agency that fulfills Mayor de Blasio’s promise to end the “tale of two cities” in New York. CSS extends our best wishes to him and pledges to work with the administration to eradicate poverty in New York City.