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Mayor Bill de Blasio will appoint Phil Walzak to serve as his press secretary, sources confirmed.
Mr. Walzak, a longtime member of Mr. de Blasio’s campaign communications team, previously worked as a spokesman for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and as President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign spokesman in the Badger State.
With less than 12 hours to go before he’s sworn in as mayor, Bill de Blasio dramatically picked up the pace of his appointments this afternoon, naming five top staffers, including new leaders for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeless Services.
After taking a number of days off for the holidays, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio emerged today to announce the hire of Zach Carter for his administration’s corporation counsel post.
Admitting that many New Yorkers may not be familiar with Mr. Carter, a former federal prosecutor and judge, or the corporation counsel gig itself, Mr. de Blasio nevertheless stressed the position’s importance.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made his first administration appointments this morning, naming government veteran Anthony Shorris his first deputy mayor and close aide Emma Wolfe his director of intergovernmental affairs.
Mr. Shorris, who previously served in the Koch administration and as executive director of the Port Authority, will be charged with managing the day-to-day operations of city government and overseeing services and nearly every city agency–essentially serving as Mr. de Blasio’s right-hand man.