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’”

De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed the notion that he’s dragged his feet in filling his new administration, insisting that very few posts remain vacant.

“I’m not a lawyer …  but I will be on the watch for premises that may not be accurate. A large number of agencies is a debatable point,” said Mr. de Blasio when asked about the criticism at a press conference today announcing three new hires. Continue reading “De Blasio Disputes That He’s Been Slow With Appointments”

Bill de Blasio Appoints Carl Weisbrod City Planning Commission Chair

Carl Weidbrod at his appointment press conference.
Carl Weidbrod at his appointment press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed Carl Weisbrod, the co-chair of his transition team, to be the new chair of the City Planning Commission.

Mr. Weisbrod has more than three decades of experience in city government, which Mr. de Blasio touted this afternoon as he announced the appointment at a press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Appoints Carl Weisbrod City Planning Commission Chair”

De Blasio Says He’s Planning ‘Flurry of Appointments’ Next Week

Bill de Blasio at the awards this morning.
Bill de Blasio at the awards this morning. (Photo: Twitter/@nycmayorsoffice)

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he plans to make a “flurry” of appointments next week as his transition efforts begin to wind down nearly a month after taking office.

Speaking to reporters after giving an award at the Daily News‘ annual Hometown Heroes event this morning, Mr. de Blasio did his best to assure that his historically slow appointment process is in fact right on track. Continue reading “De Blasio Says He’s Planning ‘Flurry of Appointments’ Next Week”

Frustration Brews as de Blasio Drags Feet on Remaining Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing a recent round of appoaintemnts(Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, announcing a recent round of appointments at City Hall, where many posts remain unfilled. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Two weeks after taking office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to fill a long list of top administration positions, leading to frustrations and confusion in some corners about how long holdover staffers are supposed to stay on.

Despite a flurry of hires in the days before he took office, which seemed to quell public criticism, Mr. de Blasio hasn’t named a single new appointment since last Tuesday, when he rolled out his press team, leaving a long list of agencies without permanent leaders, including the New York City Housing Authority, responsible for housing more than 400,000 residents, the Department of Buildings, which oversees building inspections at nearly 1 million properties, and the Department of Correction, which oversees the city’s jails, marking the slowest rollout in modern mayoral history. Continue reading “Frustration Brews as de Blasio Drags Feet on Remaining Appointments”

De Blasio Makes Five Appointments Hours Before Taking Office

Bill de Blasio and his new appointees (Photo: Twitter/@NYCTransition)
Bill de Blasio and his new appointees (Photo: Twitter/@NYCTransition)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Makes Five Appointments Hours Before Taking Office”

OEM, Fire and Sanitation Commissioners Will Continue Under de Blasio

Mayor Bloomberg updating New Yorkers on the city's snowstorm responsein2011,with to snow storm with Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno and other
Michael Bloomberg updating New Yorkers on the city’s response to a January 2011 snowstorm with Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)

Three commissioners tasked with overseeing critical, emergency city services will remain in their positions during the start of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration. Continue reading “OEM, Fire and Sanitation Commissioners Will Continue Under de Blasio”