De Blasio Hires Another Transition Team Member to His Administration

Udai Tambar.
Udai Tambar.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has hired Udai Tambar, the executive director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) to be his new Director of Children and Youth Services, an announcement from Mr. Tambar’s organization announced today.

According to the press release, Mr. Tambar “will report to Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and will work to help accomplish the Mayor’s agenda to address inequality. ” Continue reading “De Blasio Hires Another Transition Team Member to His Administration”

De Blasio Picks Ram Raju and Maria Torres-Springer for Administrative Posts

Bill de Blasio and Maria Torres-Springer at today's event.
Bill de Blasio and Maria Torres-Springer at today’s event.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose transition continues to take shape at a record-slow pace, rolled out a pair of hires today: Dr. Ram Raju to lead the city’s hospital system and Maria Torres-Springer to lead the city’s small business services. Continue reading “De Blasio Picks Ram Raju and Maria Torres-Springer for Administrative Posts”

Bill de Blasio to Name Mary Bassett Health Commissioner

Mary Bassett. (Photo: Columbia University School of Public Health)
Mary Bassett. (Columbia University School of Public Health)

After hitting the pause button on hires for the past week or so, Mayor Bill de Blasio will roll out at least one new administrative appointee today.

Mary Bassett, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is set to be named the city’s new health commissioner, according to a source familiar with the matter. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio to Name Mary Bassett Health Commissioner”

De Blasio Evasive on Key Questions at Year’s End

de Blasio high-fives kids after the press conference today.
Bill de Blasio exchanges high-fives with kids after the press conference today.

On the second-to-last day before he’s sworn into office, Bill de Blasio still won’t answer many questions about his new administration, including who will run the city’s emergency services come January 1.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Brooklyn, the mayor-elect wouldn’t even say where he’s going to be at midnight tomorrow when he officially become mayor.  Continue reading “De Blasio Evasive on Key Questions at Year’s End”

Carmen Fariña Named Schools Chancellor

Carmen Fariña. (Screengrab: NY1)
Carmen Fariña. (Screengrab: NY1)

Education veteran Carmen Fariña will be the city’s next schools chancellor, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced today.

Ms. Fariña, a 40-year veteran from the city’s school system and a longtime advisor of the mayor-elect on education issues, will take over from Dennis Walcott later this week, Mr. de Blasio said at a Monday press conference, located at a Park Slope middle school. Continue reading “Carmen Fariña Named Schools Chancellor”