Raleigh planning director Mitchell Silver leaving for New York?

Posted by Colin Campbell on January 13, 2014 

Raleigh planning director Mitchell Silver is among the top candidates to lead New York City’s planning department, two news outlets there are reporting.

Newsday, a newspaper on Long Island, reported Saturday that Silver has been “identified by knowledgeable sources as the leading candidate to run the planning department under the (Mayor Bill) de Blasio administration.”

The newspaper did not name its source for the information and wrote that no one in de Blasio’s office responded to requests for confirmation. It described Silver’s appointment to the job as “imminent.”

Newsday isn’t the only publication naming Silver. On Friday, Crain’s New York Business listed him as one of four finalists to head city planning.

Among the other contenders, according to Crain’s: Washington, D.C., planning director Harriet Tregoning and two internal candidates.

Reached Monday, Silver said he could not comment on the reports. He has worked in Raleigh since 2005 but is well regarded in city planning circles throughout the country after his recent stint as president of the American Planning Association.

He’s also no stranger to New York City: his resume includes time as a policy and planning director for the city as well as principal of a planning firm there.

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