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De Blasio names deputy mayor, other top advisers

December 04, 2013 12:34PM

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