Hochul appoints Bronx DOT commissioner to state post


Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new administration nominations and appointments on Monday, Nov. 1, including naming Nivardo Lopez as deputy secretary for Transportation.

Most recently, Lopez served as Bronx borough commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). In that role, he advised the commissioner on all policy issues affecting transportation in the Bronx and worked with the various divisions within the agency to ensure effective service delivery in the Bronx.

Lopez joined DOT in 2014, as the director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for developing the agency’s legislative agenda. During his tenure he helped to secure the passage of a local law increasing the yearly amount of Accessible Pedestrians Signal installation and on state legislation expanding the Bus Lane Camera Enforcement Program. Prior to working for DOT, Lopez worked for Comptroller Scott Stringer as director of city Legislative Affairs and also for the Bloomberg administration as the Bronx director for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.