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Declaring that “there is no higher calling than protecting children,” Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named a state official to head the city’s Administration for Children's Services.

Gladys Carrión, who is currently commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services, will now oversee a city agency that has faced scrutiny in recent years after shocking child abuse deaths. This included the case of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown and 4-year-old Marchella Pierce. The Brooklyn girls were brutalized and killed by family members while “under the agency’s watch,” Newsday recalls.

Carrión, 62, is a Bronx native who held positions at various nonprofits and in the David Dinkins administration. As head of the state Office of Children and Family Services, she has been credited with overseeing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative calling for the transition of city youth from upstate juvenile justice facilities to ones “closer to home.”

De Blasio announced the appointment at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, founded in 1893 “to care for the poor.”

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