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Mitchell J. Silver, 53, chief of planning and development for the city of Raleigh, N.C., has been identified by knowledgeable sources as the leading candidate to run the planning department under the de Blasio administration.
According to his official bio, "He is nationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, land use planning and implementation strategies.
"Before coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell had worked as Policy and Planning Director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a Town Manager in New Jersey and Deputy Planning Director in Washington, DC."
De Blasio's press office seems to be ignoring e-mailed requests by Newsday for comment on what the sources say is an imminent appointment. Silver did not return phone and e-mail messages yesterday to his office.
Planning chairman under the Bloomberg administraiton was Amanda Burden who initially was appointed to the board by former Public Advocate Mark Green.