De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’

Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)
Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first deputy mayor this morning provided a rosy assessment of the administration’s tenure so far, concluding that “we’re in a pretty credible place,” despite a “few bumps along the way.”

Speaking to business leaders, lobbyists and reporters at a Crain’s New York Business breakfast forum in Midtown, Mr. Shorris broke with the mayor and acknowledged the pace of appointments in the administration has been “a bit slower than some.” Continue reading “De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’”

The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends

bdb feature image1 The Perma Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends
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. Continue reading “The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends”

De Blasio May Feel Pressure to Meet Diversity Vow With His Schools Chancellor Pick

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his pick for police commissioner, Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his pick for police commissioner, Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

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.  Continue reading “De Blasio May Feel Pressure to Meet Diversity Vow With His Schools Chancellor Pick”

Bloomberg Praises de Blasio’s First Administration Picks

Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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. Continue reading “Bloomberg Praises de Blasio’s First Administration Picks”

Bill de Blasio Says He’s Setting Up a Clear Chain of Command for City Hall

Bill de Blasio with his new high-ranking staffers, Anthony Shorris, Dominic Williams and Emma Wolfe.
Bill de Blasio with his new high-ranking staffers, Anthony Shorris, Dominic Williams and Emma Wolfe.

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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says He’s Setting Up a Clear Chain of Command for City Hall”

Bill de Blasio Announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor

Tony Shorris source med nyu edu
Tony Shorris. (Photo: nyu.edu)

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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor”