Nicholas T. Sbordone
Title: Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Favorite BPC spot: North End Way
(aka "Goldman Alley"), looking North to Ball Fields
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York – with an involuntary sojourn in New Jersey – Nick Sbordone joined the Battery Park City Authority in April 2016 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Nick comes to BPCA after serving for many years in New York City government, under Mayors Giuliani, Bloomberg, and de Blasio.
“I’m honored to join an organization in the vanguard of lower Manhattan development and rebuilding for the past three decades,” said Nick upon his arrival. “Battery Park City has long been among the City’s best-kept secrets; now Shari and the entire BPCA team have embarked on an ambitious program of modernization to make it the premier downtown destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
Nick began his career in 2001 as a Public Safety Policy Analyst at the Mayor’s Office of Operations, where he helped prepare the Mayor’s Management Report (a bi-annual “report card” on City service delivery) for the departments of Correction, Probation, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
From there, he went on to the Taxi & Limousine Commission in 2002, where he worked on a range of issues affecting the industry, such as the sale of new taxicab licenses or “medallions” – including those designated for both wheelchair-accessible and alternative fuel vehicles.
In 2005, Nick moved on to the City’s Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, or “DoITT” as it is affectionately known, where – much to his own amazement – he remained for the next decade. As Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs, he served as spokesman for the City’s 311 non-emergency information and services hotline, for 911 system modernization, cable television and broadband, cybersecurity, and most recently, the LinkNYC program to replace payphones with a free, citywide, public network of high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks. He also worked with the City Council, good government advocates, and civic technologists to pass the City’s landmark Open Data Legislation, which now serves as model to cities across the country.
“Now, at the Battery Park City Authority,” Nick added. “I look forward to cultivating strong and deep relationships with the BPC community, elected officials, and a broad group of stakeholders – all of whom play a role in the future of what truly is a world-class neighborhood.”
When not thinking about or working in government, Nick is usually thinking about baseball and his beloved, if underachieving, New York Yankees. His passions also include history, architecture, sports and U.S. presidential trivia, and all things New York City.