I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lidiya Lednyak, MA, PMP, as the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Early Intervention in the Division of Family and Child Health. In this role, she will lead a staff of 240 and a program that provides services to approximately 30,000 NYC children ages birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities each year. 

Lidiya’s interest in disability advocacy began with her work at the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, where she developed a commitment to equity for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has been with the Department for more than 12 years, and with the Bureau of Early Intervention for 9 years. In her most recent role as the Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy and Program Initiatives, Lidiya created policies governing not only the work of the Bureau’s five Regional Offices, but also of the 165 contracted agencies and 8,500 teachers and therapists who provide EI services to NYC children. This included engaging stakeholders to enact changes to State and Federal regulations, Public Health Law, the New York City Charter, and New York City Health Code.  She also initiated partnerships with six NYC-area universities to develop specialties and certificate programs to improve EI service delivery and expand service capacity in NYC. Most recently, Lidiya has advanced the Bureau’s equity agenda through new partnerships with community organizations and collective impact projects.

Lidiya holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s Degree in Public Law and Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Please join me in congratulating Lidiya on her appointment.

Aracelis Rodriguez

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene