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Mount Vernon Mayor Names Heads Of Veterans Affairs, Buildings Department

Mayor Richard Thomas
Mayor Richard Thomas Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas recently announced new leaders for the Office of Veterans Affairs and the Building Department.

The mayor, who has worked to realign government offices and their leaders since taking office in January, named Kristyn Briez Reed as director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Curtis Woods as commissioner of the Building Department.

Reed, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has previously served as a case manager and social worker, managing million-dollar programs that serve hundreds of people.

"Mrs. Reed recognizes the challenges facing many veterans. Her experience is extensive and includes job coaching, resume building, and career guidance for veterans returning to public life after service,"  said Thomas. "She has extensive social work and grant administration experience. Her work will help Mount Vernon serve more veterans and their families, giving them the high-quality treatment they deserve."

Reed said she was thankful for the position and planned to bring programs, training and other opportunities to area veterans.

Prior to being named commissioner of the Building Department, Woods served as an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, URS Consulting Firm, and as Mount Vernon's city engineer and commissioner of Public Works. Woods is also a veteran of the armed forces retiring from the U.S. Army Reserves after 20 years of service.

"I am also humbled by Mr. Woods' record of service and his deep love for the people of Mount Vernon," the mayor said. "As an engineer, he has served our country and city admirably and I am confident he will bring professionalism, structure, and efficiency to our Building Department."

Woods said he plans to move the Building Department forward to provide efficient services to businesses and homeowners.

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