Former East Side councilmember Jessica Lappin has taken a job as the president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, an organization that promotes businesses and services for residents in Lower Manhattan.
In her time representing the 5th City Council District, Lappin helped push through the Cornell tech center project on Roosevelt Island and worked to lessen the impact of the 2nd Avenue subway construction.
Lappin said she's thrilled to join the Alliance.
"It's particularly exciting to be taking the helm at the Alliance at this point in the district's history," she said. "The transformation unfolding in Lower Manhattan is inspiring. Few places anywhere can boast of the constellation of game changing projects underway and nearing fruition. Lower Manhattan is an extraordinary place. Working on behalf of the area's businesses, residents, workers and visitors will be an honor and a privilege."
Lappin is replacing former president Liz Berger, who passed away last year. Her first day on the job was Feb. 10.
"We are delighted that Jessica has joined us as the Alliance's fourth president," said Alliance chair Robert R. Douglass. "Jessica's energy, policy acumen, skills as a persuasive advocate and track record of substantial accomplishments in public service will enable her to make important, lasting contributions to the future of Lower Manhattan."