In another appointment of interest to the legal community, Mayor Bloomberg named Patricia Gatling
, who held the number three position in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, as the head of the Human Rights Commission
...Ms. Gatling, the new head of the Human Rights Commission, also received strong praise yesterday from her former boss, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.
...Ms. Gatling began her legal career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn following her graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1982.
After three years, she
joined the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and from there went on to prosecute police brutality and corruption cases with Mr. Hynes when he
was appointed by former Governor Mario Cuomo as special prosecutor to investigate the New York City criminal justice system. Ms. Gatling
intends to apply the law enforcement techniques used in the Brooklyn office to the Human Rights Commission
, which was recently criticized by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
for its lack of an aggressive approach.
The commission was "designed as a law enforcement agency and the Mayor wants it to be a law enforcement agency," she
would adopt two of the recommendations of the City Bar report by setting up a system for the early assessment by senior staff of discrimination complaints to save the agency' resources for the most promising cases. She
also pledged to have senior staff quickly review the 4,000-case backlog, which has accumulated under the commission's first in/first reviewed system.Every effort will be made, she
added, to focus the commission's resources on those cases that will "have the largest impact for the most citizens."