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Kathryn Garcia named New York City sanitation commissioner

New York City's new sanitation commissioner is Kathryn Garcia, according to the mayor.

Garcia, 44, is the city's second female sanitation commissioner and her responsibilities will include overseeing trash collection, snow clearance and street cleaning.

Garcia will be replacing John Doherty, who is retiring and has served with the department since 1960, where he began as a trash collector and street sweeper. Doherty has agreed to stay on an interim basis through the transition and has given his resignation, effective at the end of the month.

"I extend my deepest gratitude to Commissioner Doherty, on behalf of all New Yorkers, for his decades of service at the Department of Sanitation," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. "He has exhibited leadership, competency and tenacity for New York City in the most challenging times."

"I could not have been more fortunate to begin my term as mayor with a commissioner like that at my side, especially during my transition," de Blasio said.

Garcia was the chief operating officer of the city's Department of Environmental Protection, where she has worked in various capacities for the past eight years.

Garcia came to the DEP after 10 years as vice president of Appleseed, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

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