Orlando Marín Confirmed as Bronx Rep to City Planning Commission
Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced that Orlando Marín, the borough president’s nomination to the City Planning Commission, was approved by a vote of the City Council. Mr. Marín will begin serving on the City Planning Commission effective August 23, replacing outgoing Bronx City Planning Commissioner Kenneth Knuckles.
“Orlando Marín has the right combination of experience and knowledge to represent the Bronx on the City Planning Commission, and I am thrilled that his appointment to that body is official. I look forward to working with Mr. Marín to ensure that the responsible redevelopment of the Bronx continues. I would also like to thank Kenneth Knuckles, our outgoing Bronx City Planning Commissioner, for his years of dedicated service to both my office and the people of the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“I am excited to have been appointed a member of the City Planning Commission, and I would like to thank Borough President Diaz for this opportunity. The experiences that I have gained and the professional acumen that I have developed combined with the skill sets and development expertise that I have honed throughout the years have grounded me and are the basis for my continued desire to serve the City and which I believe will compliment that of those currently serving on the Commission. I am proud to have been nominated to serve on the City Planning Commission and look forward to working with the currently appointed members,” said Orlando Marín.
A resident of the Longwood section of the Bronx, Orlando Marín has worked in the housing arena for the last 20 years where he has garnished a stellar reputation. He is currently employed with the Bluestone Organization, a private developer of both affordable and market rate housing based in Fresh Meadows, New York, and has also worked for such prestigious organizations as the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York City Housing Partnership, and served as the special assistant to the City Engineer of Phoenix, Arizona.
Active in his neighborhood since his teenage years, Mr. Marín has played an instrumental role in the redevelopment of his immediate community, where he currently serves as chairman of Bronx Community Board #2. An architect with a background in Real Estate and Public Administration, Mr. Marín won the American Institute of Architect’s Creative Design award for the development of the “Prototypical School” while employed with the nationally acclaimed office of Perkins & Will. While serving as a member of Bronx Community Board #3, he was instrumental in the creation of that board’s 197A Comprehensive Plan, entitled “Partnership for the Future,” which gained full support and accolades from the Bronx Borough President’s office.
As a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a graduate of New York University’s Continuing Education Program earning a Diploma in Real Estate with a concentration in Investment analysis, Mr. Marín adds to his credential the participation and successful completion of the National Urban Rural Fellows Program administered in tandem with Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.