The former head of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has taken a job in Newark overseeing economic growth and development.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced John Palmieri would start Tuesday as deputy mayor for economic growth, transportation and infrastructure.
Palmieri was appointed CRDA director in 2011 and stepped down at the end of 2016. He oversaw $1 billion in redevelopment initiatives and investment in the city.
“This is my home state. I’m really happy to be able to remain in the state,” Palmieri said Tuesday. “The challenge of continuing to advance the mission of development in Newark was quite appealing.”
In this position, Palmieri will oversee nonreal estate economic growth, such as infrastructure, transportation and development, helping to “shape the city’s multi-billion-dollar revitalization,”according to a news release from the Mayor’s Office.
He will advise Baraka on business and development issues and will present to civic and business groups on proposed economic development agreements, according to the release.
With the culture, transit connections and proximity to New York in Newark, Palmieri said he will find ways to expand and to help the city grow, specifically in terms of its transportation network and rail service.
He said he looks forward to working with Baraka and continuing new investments in the city for residents to utilize.