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De Blasio names deputy mayor, other top advisers

December 04, 2013 12:34PM


From left: Emma Wolfe and Anthony Shorris

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appointed his cabinet members today, including former Port Authority of New York & New Jersey executive director Anthony Shorris as first deputy mayor.

Shorris, who was tapped to manage day-to-day operations at City Hall, helped advance the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site and proposed strategies to cut costs of the $4 billion transportation hub, according to a release. Dominic Williams, formerly chief and staff and senior policy adviser for de Blasio’s public advocate office, will serve as chief of staff again but with a larger scope.

Emma Wolfe, who was deputy campaign manager and political director for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, will join the cabinet as director of intergovernmental affairs.

“We’ve set out to build a progressive, diverse and effective government for the people of this city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “This team exemplifies those values, and each brings incredible depth and experience to the challenges ahead of us.”

De Blasio has yet to choose candidates for positions that directly impact the real estate industry — such as the chair of the Department of City Planning and the Department of Housing and Urban Development — but industry sources are already eyeing a shortlist, as The Real Deal reported. – Mark Maurer

  • Mike

    What’s with the progressive crap? Call it what it is; Socialism. I especially love his tale of two cities garbage. The dirty little secret about his progressivism is the wealth gap in this city will only increase. While his core supporters begs for the peanuts of a living wage, and affordable housing in on some of the most valuable land in the world, the best and brightest in this city will continue to thrive and create wealth.
    Sorry but New York City is no longer blue collar. It hasn’t been for a long time. Bottom feeding doesn’t pay!

    • Know your isms

      What do you call the transfer of wealth to the rich (mainly through policy), capitalism?

  • Frank

    It’s socialism. The plan to continue to unduly tax the more affluent under the guise of a universal pre-K program is a stalking horse for higher tax increases next year and thereafter to attempt to pay for the favorable deals De Blasion will make with the public-sector unions that refused to deal with Bloomberg because they were waiting him out.

  • Mike

    @know yourisms your completely wrong. Capitalism brought me out of poverty. I was born in the Bronx to a single mother. She was 19. There where days when we didn’t know when the next meal would come, and to top it all off we were also evicted. Thank god that’s in the past and today because of capitalism and hard work I’m financially set, Own my apartment and love my career.
    Wealthy people know far more about dealing with their finances than poor people. Wealth is created through ownership not income. Getting paid a living wage will not make you wealthy, knowledge does. I didn’t have special breaks, or a rich uncle. I had Wikipedia, investopedia, library books, and asked tons of questions. I worked hard. There were ups and downs but so what. Nothing is given to you. Everything is earned. Until you learn who’s really in control over your life, sadly you’ll always be stuck begging politicians for help.
    God Bless

    • linda

      Someone finally told the truth.

    • Al

      Medicaid, section 8 housing and food stamps. tell your fairy tales somewhere else. try to be poor in India, Thailand,China or Pakistan than start preaching.