Constadino “Gus” Sirakis has been named as acting commissioner of the New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB). He had previously been the DOB’s first deputy commissioner.
Former Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca was recently appointed Chief Efficiency Officer for the City for New York by Mayor Eric Adams after three years leading the department.
The DOB oversees “efforts to promote the safe and lawful use of nearly 1.1 million buildings and over 40,000 active work sites,” the department says in its Buildings News Update.
Sirakis has worked for the DOB since 2006. The DOB Now newsletter reports he has decades of experience in improving Construction Code standards and enforcing compliance with city regulations. Before joining the department, he worked as a structural engineer and project manager at several architectural and engineering consultation firms.
“Under Commissioner La Rocca’s leadership, the department redoubled its modernization efforts and brought consistency to agency operations,” the DOB reported. “Her tenure also coincided with the first decline in construction-related injuries in over a decade.”