New HPD Head Named

Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s personnel director, Lillian Barrios-Paoli, has been named the new commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, replacing Deborah Wright. Paoli, a 49-year-old native of Mexico, has extensive management experience but no track record in the housing field. She will take over HPD amid fears of the agency’s possible dismemberment, at a time of budget cutbacks and a re-examination of the city’s commitment to housing the poor.

Wright left on April 1 to become head of Harlem’s empowerment zone.