Baye Muhammad, Syracuse’s commissioner of parks, recreation and youth programs, has been named to a new position, as commissioner of Rochester’s Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD) Department, according to a Rochester press release.
Mayor Stephanie Miner appointed Muhammad to the position in 2011.
He will begin the new position in April, provided Rochester’s City Council approves the appointment.
“There was a lot more I wanted to do,” Muhammad stated. “We have a great team here in Syracuse. I really thank Mayor Miner for giving me the opportunity. We were able to complete a lot of projects here in the short time that I was here, four years.”
Muhammad said he will bring his managerial skills, as well as his ability to obtain dollars for projects, outside the city’s budget, with him to the Rochester position, where his focus will be on job growth, and development of the city’s downtown area.
“The mayor is really focused on the areas of education, jobs and safer streets,” Muhammad stated. “So, my focus will be on the jobs, the development of better neighborhoods, and creating a more vibrant downtown.”
According to the press release, Muhammad will be replacing a former Rochester Institute of Technology business professor, who left the position in February.
“Baye Muhammad will bring his expertise, enthusiasm and experience to bear in our mission to bring more jobs, and more vibrant neighborhoods to our city,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “I am excited to work with Commissioner Muhammad as part of our already strong team in NBD to tackle some of the greatest issues challenging our city. A large part of NBD is working with citizens, stakeholders and other levels of government to effect positive change, and I believe Baye has the traits and energy needed to make that happen.”
Warren also said Muhammad previously worked for the New York State Senate, as an upstate director and as a regional director. In addition, he has also worked for the US Job Corps.
“I applaud Mayor Lovely Warren’s decision to appoint Baye Muhammad as commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle. “Mr. Muhammad’s extensive record of public service and community engagement will be a great asset to the Warren Administration, and the city of Rochester. I look forward to working with him as we seek to further strengthen our economy, and secure a brighter future for all who call Rochester home.”
Muhammad received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., and has also previously been a member of Syracuse’s Joint Schools Construction Board, as well as a chairman on the Onondaga County Democratic Committee.
He will be paid $126,725 per year in the new position.