First Deputy Commissioner
Lawitts supervises DEP’s Mission Support offices, including budget, revenue collection, procurement, information technology, human resources, labor relations and fleet. A seasoned manager, he also served as DEP’s acting commissioner in 2008 and 2009.
Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Police and Security
A 35-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, McBride is responsible for the security of all oversees DEP’s infrastructure, both in the city and upstate. He oversees the DEP Police, its Division of Emergency Response and Technical Assessment, and the security division.
Jim Roberts, P.E.
Deputy Commissioner for Water and Sewer Operations
Roberts oversees 1,250 professionals and is responsible for the in-city distribution of drinking water, and collection and management of storm and wastewater. In addition, he manages three in-city reservoirs, the three city water tunnels, the groundwater system in southeast Queens, the soon to be commissioned Croton Filtration Plant, and over 14,000 miles of water and sewer infrastructure.
Paul Rush, P.E.
P.E. Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Water Supply
Rush runs the operation and maintenance of New York City’s 19 upstate reservoirs and three controlled lakes, which store a total of 580 billion gallons of water. The nearly 1,000 employees he supervises maintain infrastructure across the city’s 1.2 million acre watershed, which includes 300 miles of aqueducts, 29 water supply dams, 57 bridges, 99 miles of road and seven upstate wastewater treatment facilities. Rush also manages the water quality division, which tests the city’s drinking water roughly 560,000 times annually to ensure that it is clean and safe. Rush is DEP’s primary liaison with upstate officials who lead the communities where the city’s reservoirs are located.
Vinny Sapienza, P.E.
Deputy Commissioner for Wastewater Treatment
Sapienza oversees approximately 1,900 employees and is responsible for ensuring that the 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater produced in New York City every day are cleaned to federal Clean Water Act standards. He manages 96 pump stations and 14 wastewater treatment plants around the five boroughs. Sapienza is also responsible for the Marine Unit which includes 6 sludge vessels, and the Marine Sciences section which regularly tests the quality of New York City Harbor water.
Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability
Licata runs several critical initiatives, including the implementation of the Green Infrastructure plan to manage stormwater more naturally and reduce sewer overflows, and restoring wetland habitat throughout the city, especially in and around Jamaica Bay. Licata also oversees enforcement of the city’s air and noise codes, and manages the department’s citywide water conservation initiatives.
Diana Jones Ritter
Deputy Commissioner for Organizational Development
Jones Ritter is responsible for facilitating excellence in human resource services, recruitment, professional development and training, succession development, performance management, and the engagement of the workforce. In addition, she leads department-wide efforts to increase organizational effectiveness to help achieve strategic goals and manage change.
Associate Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Affairs
Landau oversees intergovernmental relations, community affairs, economic development, education, marketing and special events. He serves as the agency’s primary contact for all elected officials, community boards and local organizations.