A Puertorican To Head The Organized Crime Control Commission

From Hoy

February 21, 2002

Mayor Bloomberg has appointed Jose Maldonado, a Puerto Rican, to head the Organized Crime Control Commission that will be responsible for combating illegal businesses in the city and protecting legitimate ones.

The mayor said that Maldonado is the right person for this position because he is well-known within the criminal justice system. "I can’t be any happier to have Jose on my team," Bloomberg said as he announced Maldonado’s appointment.

Although the tasks of the new commission have not been fully determined, it will oversee and consolidate regulation of licenses and investigations conducted by
various other commissions such as those in charge of waste disposal and the Fulton Fish Market. Bloomberg hopes that the commission will eventually be renamed the "Business Integrity and Anti Corruption Commission."

Maldonado, 47, was the deputy attorney general for the Medicaid Fraud Unit in Albany. Before that, he was the commissioner of the city Department of Consumer Affairs and of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Bloomberg said he had been looking to find the right place for Maldonado in his administration and was glad to have finally found it.

Translated from Spanish by Angelica Medaglia.

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