Bloomberg on Dropping the ‘Rebuilding’ Title: ‘We’re Beyond That’

In announcing that he’s found a replacement for Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, Michael Bloomberg announced Rob Lieber as the “Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.”

Which is slightly shorter than Doctoroff’s title, which had included the words “and Rebuilding,” a reflection of the work the administration needed to do in response to the Sept. 11th terrorists attacks.

When I asked Bloomberg about this title change during his press conference this morning, he said:

“Yes, we decided to drop the reconstruction since, I think, we’re beyond that. It’s economic development and Ed [Skyler] is Deputy Mayor for Operations. I think that says something about where the city is, and what we’re focusing on. Reconstruction time has come and gone. Development time continues.”