Doyle named Park Trust vice president

By Albert Amateau

Noreen Doyle, a former staff member with the Hudson River Park Trust, is coming back soon as the Trust’s second-in-command.

She will become executive vice president of the trust under Connie Fishman, current executive vice president, who takes over as president of the Trust in February from Robert Balachandran, who is leaving to work for Bear Stearns.

Doyle has spent the past three years as a vice president of AKRF, Inc., an environmental, planning, remediation, engineering and design company. At AKRF, she directed the environmental review for the Second Ave. subway project and the waterfront permitting process for the Queens West Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park projects on the East River waterfront.

“I’m looking forward to working with Connie again,” Doyle said. “That was one of the main inducements to come back to the Trust,” she added.

Doyle was assistant district manager of Community Board 4 from March 1992 until October 1994, when she joined the Hudson River Park Conservancy, the Trust’s predecessor agency.

She continued on the staff after the Trust was created in 1998 and was involved in drafting the state legislation that created the park. She managed the park’s comprehensive environmental impact statement and helped secure permits to reconstruct the bulkheads and piers in the park. Doyle also oversaw public programming activities and served as spokesperson for H.R.P.T. until she left in the beginning of 2001.

“I worked with Connie at the Trust and before that when she was working for [Deputy Mayors] Fran Reiter and Randy Levine. I admire her ability and her common sense,” Doyle said.

Charles E. Dorkey III, chairperson of the Trust, said, “I couldn’t think of two better people to be appointed president and executive vice president. In addition to having a tremendous love for the park, both Connie and Noreen have the necessary patience and experience to work with my colleagues on the board of directors, the Trust staff and the various community groups along the park’s borders.”

“Connie and Noreen have both the experience and determination to see this project through to the end,” said Balachandran, outgoing president and CEO of H.R.P.T., which is building the riverfront park between the Battery and 59th St.

Balachandran announced his departure at the Trust’s November board of directors meeting, at which Fishman was appointed the Trust’s new president.

Doyle met her husband, Mike Bradley, when both were on the Trust staff, he as vice president for operations. Bradley is now executive vice president of the Riverside Park South Corp., the nonprofit organization building the 13-block Riverside South Park along the Hudson between 59th and 72nd Sts. in the former rail yards that Donald Trump is developing. Doyle and Bradley live in Yonkers.