Still transition time
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.
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.
the waiting game
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.
It's The Final Countdown
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.
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.
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.
Incoming Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña sketched out her vision for improving the city’s public schools today, promising far more communication with parents and more fun in the classroom for city kids.
During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
Not Movin' On Up On The East Side
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has made another major hire, appointing Goldman Sachs’s Alicia Glen as his deputy mayor for housing and economic development.
Ms. Glen has spent the past 12 years heading the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, which has committed tens of millions of dollars to funding projects in low-income neighborhoods across the city. She is also widely credited with helping to negotiate the deal that brought the Citi Bike bike share program to New York.
State Senator Liz Krueger says she is staying in Albany, despite speculation that she is in line for a plum job in the incoming de Blasio administration.
Asked about the chatter at a press conference today, the Upper East Side pol said she’s not interested and denied that she’d been approached by the mayor-elect’s team.