BOROUGH PRESIDENT APPOINTS AWARD WINNING BUSINESSWOMAN TO THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is pleased to announce today his
appointment of Dolly Williams as the Brooklyn member to the City Planning Commission.
“Dolly Williams is an individual of great integrity whose knowledge and
experience uniquely qualify her to bring vital insight to the work of the Commission,”
the Borough President said. “With more than three decades of hands-on
experience in the design, planning and construction of major public and private
projects throughout the five boroughs, Ms. Williams has first-hand knowledge
of the opportunities and obstacles inherent in development in New York City.
She also has a keen sense of how excellent planning and development support
economic opportunity and help create vibrant neighborhoods. Dolly Williams is
a great Brooklyn success story by way of Trinidad and Tobago. She’s an
inspiration to us all!”
“I am incredibly honored that the Borough President has appointed me
to the City Planning Commission. I am looking forward to working with my fellow
commission members on helping Brooklyn, and the entire City, continue to grow
while still preserving the unique character found throughout our borough. This
is a great opportunity for me to give back to a city that has given me so much,”
Ms Williams said.
A co-founder of A. Williams Construction Company, Ms. Williams has been a pioneer
in the city’s small business community. Her firm has successfully contributed
to a wide array of public and private projects ranging from the restoration
of City parks to the construction of courthouses, hospitals, schools and low-income
housing. Moreover, she has been tireless in her service to the community. She
serves on numerous boards, including the Red Hook/Gowanus Chamber of Commerce,
the South Brooklyn Empire Zone, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and she
is chairperson of the Caribbean American Center for New York. And as a member
of her local Community Board, she has worked tirelessly to safeguard important
landmarks in Brooklyn.
She has received numerous awards of excellence for her outstanding work including
being named the Contractor Firm of the Year in 2001 by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, a Crain’s Small Business Award for Contractor of the Year in
1999, the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Person
of the Year Award for the New York District in 1998, the U.S. Small Business
Administration Contractor of the Year Award in 1995 and the Woman of the Year
by the Brooklyn Boys & Girls Club in 1999.
Ms. Williams graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn with a B.S. in accounting.
She has been married to her husband, Carl, for 35 years and has two children.
The Commission is the body responsible for the review and approval of all land
use matters in New York City including zoning map and text amendments, the mapping
of parks and streets, the designation of urban renewal areas, the disposition
of property by the City and the selection of locations for City facilities.
The City Planning Commission has thirteen members – seven who are appointed
by the Mayor, one by each of the Borough Presidents and one by the Public Advocate.