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Former DMV commissioner to lead Botanical Gardens

Photo provided by Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
David Swarts

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – The former State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner David Swarts will be leading the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Swarts was introduced as the new president and CEO of the Garden's at a news conference Thursday.

Mary Ann Kresse, Chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., announced Swarts was selected a as a result of an extensive and thorough search since last September.

"David, a lifelong resident of Erie County, is an outstanding individual who has, throughout his extensive career, consistently demonstrated the administrative and managerial skills necessary to the lead the Gardens' to a new and exciting level. Whether in his capacity as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Erie County Clerk or a Buffalo School Teacher, David has proven to be a creative problem solver who effectively responds to the varied challenges he has faced", Kresse said.

Swarts quietly exited his state job at the end of last year jast as the new Cuomo Administration was ready to take office.

"David will be responsible for administering the day to day operations of the Gardens' and for implementing its overall Master Plan and the recently adopted Strategic Plan. "This is an exciting time for the Gardens' and the Board is confident that under David's leadership, the Gardens' will continue to be successful in its efforts to meet the challenges that confront us in the future", Kresse concluded.

"I want to thank Mary Ann Kresse, and the Board of Directors for the confidence they have shown in me through this appointment. I look forward to joining with the Board, the dedicated staff, it's wonderful volunteers and the Gardens' generous financial supporters as we combine our efforts to make this precious jewel, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, shine more brightly in this community and throughout the nation in the years ahead", Swarts said.