Darryl C. Towns was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Commissioner/CEO of NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), which includes all the state's integrated housing and community renewal agencies and programs. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner/CEO Towns served in the NYS Assembly for 18 years, where he chaired the Banking Committee and served on Education, Health, Rules and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry committees.
Towns also served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Mass Transit and in 2007 was elected chair of the State Legislature's Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus.
During his 18 years in the New York State Assembly, Commissioner Towns worked closely with not-for-profit housing agencies and community development corporations to revitalize neighborhoods and build and preserve affordable housing for his constituents.
He sponsored legislation to improve access to affordable housing for disabled veterans, and was a strong advocate of projects that provided affordable housing units for rentals and homeownership, including a long-awaited mixed-use development that helped revitalize a once desolate section of the Fulton Street commercial strip in Cypress Hills.
Commissioner Towns also secured grant funding for the development of the Cypress Hills Community School, Brooklyn's first green school building.
He also sponsored legislation to battle predatory lending, subprime lending and the myriad of mortgage and refinancing scams that plagued communities across New York State. He also supported mortgage foreclosure prevention services in the most impacted communities, and authored legislation to institute mandatory settlement conferences.
Commissioner/CEO Towns also sponsored legislation to support community and economic development efforts, including a measure to revise and expand the State Charter Deposit Program. The measure encouraged the State to place funds in local community banks in order to support and promote local economic activity. He also sponsored legislation to create the New York State Community Development Financial Institutions Program, to ensure that capital is available for small businesses.
Towns attended City University of New York's Medgar Evers College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He also served in the US Air Force for five years.
Commissioner/CEO Towns is the son of veteran Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns.