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Volume XXVIII, Number 5926
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

Alessandro Olivieri Honored With The Commissioner’s Award

Photo by Daniel Avila

Year after year, the Commissioner’s Award is given to a Parkie who not only embodies extreme dedication and unwavering dependability, but is also an example for others to follow. At the recent Annual Awards Ceremony, Parks’ General Counsel Alessandro Olivieri was honored with the Commissioner’s Award.

Alessandro first joined NYC Parks as the Parks Advocate in 1997 under Commissioner Stern, and became the General Counsel in 2000. Alessandro has long been regarded as one of the most valuable and knowledgeable members of the agency’s senior staff, who is involved in virtually every aspect of the agency’s business. On a daily basis, Alessandro deals with the most complex issues faced by Parks and carefully and thoughtfully addresses each one with remarkable intelligence, judgment and an innate understanding of the role and responsibilities of a public servant.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University Law School, Alessandro’s education coupled with his intellectual ability enables him to assess complicated conflicts and legal issues with alacrity and good sense. Under his leadership, the office of the General Counsel has expanded EEO training, invigorated the Office of the Advocate, and tackled the difficult and controversial issues of expressive matter vending and free speech in parks. In addition, Alessandro has been instrumental in the development of a coherent and rational policy regarding our public/private partnerships that have been such an influential factor in the oversight and support of our parks.

Alessandro is always on hand to provide direction. He is readily available and graciously gives sound advice to anyone who seeks it. Alessandro has been an ardent supporter of our concessions division, and has given recommendations on everything from contracts to the large concerts held in our parks.

Alessandro’s father, Antonio G. Olivieri, was a NYC Councilman alongside Ed Koch, Robert Wagner Jr., and Henry Stern. Alessandro has kept up this altruistic tradition of public service. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Lara, and their two children. Fluent in Latin, Alessandro enjoys playing tennis when his shoulder cooperates and coaching his son’s Little League Baseball team. His daughter Pilar just graduated from 8th grade.

As evidence of the longevity, consistency, and depth of his work as a public servant, Alessandro also received the agency Employee of the Month award in September 2001, the Agency Counsel Recognition Award by the New York City Law Department in 2002, and the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month Award in February 2008.


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