Adams ratifies NYC senior commissioner in office

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez was ratified as DFTA Commissioner.

Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayoral Office

Mayor Eric Adams recently gave his vote of confidence for Puerto Rican Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez to continue as commissioner of the Department for the Elderly (DFTA), with clear objectives that aim to eliminate age discrimination, guarantee dignity and the quality of life of older adults and support caregivers.

“Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez has dedicated her career as a public servant to serving the needs of our city and our aging population,” Mayor Adams said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of fighting to improve the quality of life for older New Yorkers, and I am proud to reappoint someone who will continue to work to ensure our seniors receive the support, services, respect and dignity they deserve.” .

For his part, Cortés-Vázquez responded: “Caring for older adults has been a priority and a privilege for me throughout my life and, now more than ever, as the pandemic begins to subside, ensuring that older New Yorkers have access to the quality community services needed to support their recovery is vitally important.”

“Our common goal is to keep New York among the most inclusive cities for seniors in the country,” he added.

Leaders of local organizations also reacted to the mayor’s decision.

Frankie Miranda, president of the Hispanic Federation, said he is sure that the Puerto Rican will continue with her dedicated and transformative leadership of the New York City Department for the Aging. “Under his watch, DFTA has instituted best-in-class service models and strengthened its outreach and programs to older Latinos and other multicultural communities.”

Katherine Martinez, President and CEO of Neighborhood SHOPP, said, “Her extensive experience and proven track record during one of the most challenging periods in the department’s (aging) history demonstrates her dedication to addressing the complex and diverse needs and strengths of the neighborhood. of the city’s vibrant older adult population.”

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez has more than three decades of experience in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors.