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De Blasio names Carmelyn P. Malalis as new chair of NYC Commission on Human Rights

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo Credit: Getty Images / John Moore

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a new chair to the Commission on Human Rights less than a month after announcing he was replacing the long-serving head of the agency.

De Blasio announced Friday that he was appointing Carmelyn P. Malalis as chair. She is a partner at Outten and Golden LLP and co-chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group.

Malalis replaces Patricia Gatling, who was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002.

The search for a replacement for Gatling had been ongoing for months, the mayor's office said. Gatling said on Nov. 7 that she was aware she would not be reappointed.

Earlier this month, Public Advocate Letitia James called out Gatling for running a “moribund” agency.

On Friday, James hailed the appointment of Malalis in a statement. “New Yorkers deserve a Human Rights Commission that is functioning and aggressive when it comes to protecting the rights of our residents,” she said.

De Blasio also named eight new commissioners: Ana Oliveira, Catherine Albisa, Arnaldo Segarra, Domna Stanton, Steven Choi, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Jonathan Greenspun, and Reverend Dr. Demetrius Carolina. 

The commission enforces the city’s Human Rights Law, which affords a range of protections for New Yorkers.

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