Tino Hernandez, President and CEO of Samaritan Village announced that Douglas Apple has joined the agency as its Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Apple will oversee day-to-day operations of Samaritan and provide critical leadership as the agency continues to expand its services.
Samaritan Village serves over 4,000 New Yorkers each year through its residential and outpatient drug treatment, shelter, transitional housing and senior programs.
In making the announcement, Hernandez said, "Apple is an individual of tremendous integrity. His outstanding leadership skills and commitment to public service will benefit Samaritan Village for years to come."
"I am delighted to be joining the already strong Samaritan team and am excited by the prospect of contributing to one of New York City's premier social service organizations," said Apple. "I will apply the same values I have carried throughout my career in government to serve some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers in the community. I am looking forward to this new phase of my career," he added.
Apple comes to Samaritan Village with over 25 years in City government. His most recent position was as First Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where he was directly responsible for overall agency operations.
HPD is creating 165,000 new or renovated units through Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace Plan, and is responsible for ensuring that the City's housing stock is properly maintained pursuant to the NYC Housing Maintenance Code.
Prior to joining HPD, Apple was General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In that capacity, he oversaw day-to-day operations at the nation's largest public housing authority, providing housing to more than 675,000 New Yorkers through its public housing and Section 8 programs.
During his tenure, Apple also led the efforts to maintain services, invest in the public housing stock and improve overall operations. Apple also oversaw the provision of health and social services for public housing residents and the agency's network of over 400 community facilities including youth and senior centers, health care centers, day care and Head Start sites.
Apple also served as Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice where he worked overseeing secure and non-secure detention for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Doug was responsible for the provision of health, mental health, education and social services for the youth in the agency's custody.
Other government positions held by Apple include Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations and Assistant Director for Public Safety in the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget. Apple holds a B.A. from Boston University and attended the Wagner School of Public Administration at New York University.
For half a century, Samaritan Village has provided comprehensive health and social services to New Yorkers. Samaritan Village offers an array of programs including residential and out-patient treatment for drug and alcohol dependency, services for military veterans including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and services for homeless individuals and seniors.
Samaritan operates 15 facilities in Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Brooklyn, and in Ulster Country in upstate New York.