NEIL BURKE was recently appointed as the new director of special projects for the Syracuse Department of Public Works (DPW). In his new role, Burke is responsible for transportation initiatives, managing ongoing projects, staff, and daily operations within DPW. He oversees numerous infrastructure projects geared toward making transportation in the city safer, easier, and more equitable, including the municipal sidewalk program, traffic calming installations, and the Traffic Management Center. He reports directly to Jeremy Robinson, commissioner of DPW. Since 2016, Burke has served as a transportation planner for the City of Syracuse. His work involved coordination and implementation of planning projects, design review and analysis, and project management of various initiatives including the Municipal Sidewalk Program, Pavement Rating Program, and the Syracuse Bike Share Program. Prior to working for the City of Syracuse, Burke earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and his bachelor’s degree in adolescent education from SUNY Oswego.