Rudy Washington, commissioner of civil service for New York City, will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14 in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church, regarding the city's response to Sept. 11, 2001.
In August 2003, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Washington, deputy mayor, to the adjudicative body of the New York City Civil Service Commission. This body adjudicates all matters of the 500,000 civil servant employees.
Washington also served the city in other capacities.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed Washington the deputy mayor for community development and business services in 1996. In that capacity, Washington oversaw the Department of Business Services, Consumer Affairs, Employment, and Parks and Recreation, the Commission on Human Rights, the Status of Women, and the Mayor's Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps, and Protocol.
Washington also served the city in other capacities. In 1995, Gov. George Pataki nominated him as board member for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Washington also served as chairman of the New York Empowerment Zone Corporation, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Council for Airport Opportunity and as a board member of the New York City Procurement Policy Board.
Before his appointment as deputy mayor, Washington served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services, responsible for coordinating technical and financial assistance programs to New York City's business community.
Prior to his city appointments, he was president of a construction firm he founded in 1978. The firm was involved in major capital improvement projects on the cty's bridges, tunnels, roads and airports, as well as the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Washington has been active in local, state and national politics and community activities for many years. He is the former president of the Rotary Club of Jamaica, Queens, the founder and former president of the Afro-American Day Care Centers One and Two, a board member of the Central Queens YMCA, and former member of the President Jimmy Carter's Energy Advisory Group.
Washington is a graduate of Forest Hills High School in Queens. He received degrees at La Guardia Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also attended the University of Bradford in England on a fellowship and he was a candidate for a master's degree in business administration at St. John's University.
The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new members. For information, visit www.smcnc.org or call Membership Chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.