One Month In
Bill of Education
He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.
“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.
This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave.
passing the baton
What Bill Bratton, the incoming police commissioner, and Anthony Shorris, the new first deputy mayor, have in common–beyond the tremendous scope of their new authority and years of experience–is one rather simple fact: they are both white men in a city where the majority of people are not.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning praised his successor’s first administration picks and vowed once again to hold his tongue after he leaves City Hall at the end of the month.
This week, Mayor-elect Bill Blasio announced his first appointments, including soon-to-be First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and returning Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who’d served in the Giuliani administration and is returning to his old job next year.
Unveiling his first deputy mayor and two other top administration posts today, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio stressed that a potent right-hand man would be pivotal to the day-to-day functioning of City Hall.
Anthony Shorris, the soon-to-be first deputy mayor, will be a crucial figure over the coming years, Mr. de Blasio said.
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.