Monday, March 21, 2016

Crossdale selected as new human services commissioner

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 10:43 AM

click to enlarge Corinda Crossdale will take over as Monroe County's human services commissioner in early May. - PROVIDED PHOTO
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  • Corinda Crossdale will take over as Monroe County's human services commissioner in early May.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has tapped the director of the New York State Office of the Aging, Corinda Crossdale, to serve as Monroe County's new human services commissioner.

Crossdale must be confirmed by the Legislature, but Republicans control the chamber and it's unlikely they'll reject Dinolfo's choice. Crossdale served as the county's Office for the Aging director from January 2004 to June 2012, and in 2015 she was the New York State representative to the White House Conference on Aging.

Crossdale will replace current human services commissioner Kelly Reed, who is leaving when her term expires on June 1, according to media reports. Reed, who was appointed by former County Executive Maggie Brooks, has held the position for a decade.

Reed guided the county through efforts to decrease social service worker caseloads, to reduce foster care placements, and to improve the phone system at its public assistance offices. But critics say that caseloads are still too high and that clients still have trouble reaching caseworkers. Reed also defended Brooks administration cuts to county funding for child day care subsidies.

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