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ACC Exec. Dir. Julie Bank resigns after 2.5 Yrs
Risa Weinstock & Julie Bank
©New York Social Diary
Animal Care and Control's former Executive Director Julie Bank (RIGHT) at a NYC social gathering with ACC's Interim Acting Executive Director Risa Weinstock (LEFT)
By Michael Mullins
Published October 23, 2012
Six months after the Department of Health extended her contract for another two years, Julie Bank resigned as Executive Director for Animal Care and Control of New York City (ACC) effective Oct. 20.

In a letter sent out late last month to ACC staff and volunteers, Bank cited a need to attend to “family issues” as her reason for stepping down. Bank went on to say, “I have truly loved my experience working at ACC mainly because of the people who work and volunteer every day to save lives and to help people. You are the most talented, caring, professional, people I have ever worked for and I will miss you... ACC will always remain in my heart.”

Bank has yet to say what her future plans are.

Risa Weinstock, ACC’s Director of Administration and General Counsel, has been named interim director until a permanent executive director can be selected by ACC’s Board of Directors. This is familiar territory for Weinstock who had previously held the same position from October, 2009, through March, 2010, following former ACC Executive Director Charlene Pedrolie’s resignation.

Counting two interims, there have been eight different executive directors in the last ten years at ACC, the northeast’s largest animal shelter system.

Bank’s selection in April of 2010 was initially welcomed by many animal welfare advocates and rescuers we spoke with, who were hopeful considering her background. A native New Yorker, Bank had nearly twenty years of experience in animal welfare prior to coming to ACC, ten of which with the ASPCA and the remainder primarily in executive roles in animal care and control facilities in the southwest and California. In time, however, Bank’s image began to sour for many as consecutive years of budget cuts from the Department of Health (DOH) forced her to impose cutbacks on several services and programs, negatively impacting care for shelter and stray animals across NYC.

Although ACC is technically an independent nonprofit, it is dependent on funding from the DOH, which contracts out the city’s animal control services to ACC and provides the shelter system with the bulk of its operating budget. Though Bank had expressed a need for more funding to the press, she did not publicly demand such from the DOH or ACC’s
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