Luiz Aragon

Commissioner for Development – City of New Rochelle, NY

Mr. Aragon’s NYS Civil Service career spans 25 years and covers the City of New Rochelle, New York City, and upstate New York. Preceding his appointment as Commissioner for Development for the City of New Rochelle, Mr. Aragon served as Commissioner for Planning & Environmental Management for Sullivan County, NY and Deputy Commissioner for Preservation Services for NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). His broad expertise includes community development, economic development and revitalization, housing, planning, transportation, environmental management, and the expansion of arts program as a building block for economic development. Mr. Aragon has led the current renaissance in the City of New Rochelle, was the catalyst for the economic revitalization in Sullivan County and, while in NYC Government, was the creator of the “Fourth Street Arts Block” which solidified and preserved the cultural institutions in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Ellen Stuart from La Mama said it best when she wrote in 2006 to Mr. Aragon and said “Here we are out at sea. Thank you for helping to make it possible so that we can have a port to dock our dreams.”