I refer of course, to my former First Assistant and Mayor Bloomberg’s wise choice as the Chair of the Human Rights Commission
, Patricia L. Gatling
From my office, Patricia Gatling, of course, Jerry Scemetterer, Director of the Office of Public Information and Sharon Toomer, the Deputy Director of that office.
They certainly applied to my wife Patricia
, for many years was not just the nurturing Mother to five children, she
was the surrogate parent for their absent Father.
endured the anxiety and uncertainty of many lean years where mortgage payments, car loans and clothing costs strained out limited budget.
But I really didn’t understand the extent of her
sacrifice, until recently.
mentioned not long ago, how often after putting the children to sleep, she
would wait by the window, starved for adult company, waiting for me to get home.
It has been for me and I’m certain for Ray and others the recognition that without Veronica or Pat
there would not have been even the slightest possibility of our success.
For me every decision I made, I vetted through Pat
and I can tell you that virtually every decision, which was contrary to her
sound judgment, led to a serious mistake.
Please join me with thanking Pat
love and unselfish support.
PROSECUTOR PATRICIA L. GATLING
COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS
At City Hall this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his appointment of Patricia L. Gatling as his Commissioner on Human Rights.
For more than 12 years, Patricia Gatling has worked for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.
District Attorney Charles Hynes said, “For the past 12 years Pat Gatling has taken on the most difficult assignments in the Brooklyn DA’s office and achieved the highest level of success.
As the District Attorney's primary advisor on legal recruitment and hiring, Ms. Gatling
implemented the District Attorney's policy and goal to recruit and hire more minorities and women.
efforts in that area have continually increased minority hiring.
And in her role as Chief of Community and Governmental Affairs, Ms. Gatling has significantly improved the quality of communications between the office and Brooklyn communities.
"I have accepted Mayor Bloomberg's offer to serve as his Commissioner on Human Rights with honor and enthusiasm," Gatling said, "Everything in my professional and personal background has prepared me for this most important role.