Syracuse, New York – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced Wednesday January 13th that Baye Muhammad, 38, will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs, effective Jan. 18, 2011. Muhammad will replace Pat Driscoll, who was named the operations director of Say Yes to Education this week.
“I am thrilled to welcome Baye to our team,” Mayor Miner said. “He has a deep background in constituent service and working with youth, understands the needs and challenges of the Syracuse community and is committed to providing excellent customer service. I am confident he will provide the leadership the Parks Department needs.”
“Our parks are one of our City’s most important assets,” Muhammad said. “I am excited to begin working with the team at the Parks Department and with the community to keep our parks beautiful, to host diverse events and to continue to provide exceptional programming.”
Muhammad is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, with a degree in political science. In 2002, Muhammad became an outreach and admissions counselor with Job Corps, where he recruited and counseled youth with the goal of helping them obtain a high school diploma, GED or vocational training.
In 2007, Muhammad became regional coordinator for the department of minority information services for the New York State Senate Minority Conference. In that role, he conducted issue research and analyzed legislative proposals as to how they impacted communities in Upstate New York. Muhammad became regional director for the New York State Senate Majority Conference in Central New York in 2009. In 2010, Muhammad was promoted to upstate director of the New York State Senate for the department of majority information services. In this role, he is responsible for managing regional offices in Buffalo and Syracuse.
In his role in the New York State Senate, Muhammad helped secure funding for the Operation Snug anti-gun violence prevention initiative in the cities of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. Muhammad currently serves on the Joint Schools Construction Board. He has volunteered with the project “Helping to Empower Incarcerated Young People” through the Onondaga County Justice Center and with Jazz in the City.
Muhammad’s salary will be $72,000 per year. He lives in the City of Syracuse with his wife and children.