What Emanuel Means to Obama, DiNapoli’s Pick for R.C.U.

Rahm Emanuel will be Barack Obama’s chief of staff, “a signal that Obama is eager to work with Congress and plans a swift launch of an aggressive agenda,” writes Ben. [Politico]

Senior campaign strategist Robert Gibbs will reportedly be the press secretary. [Ambinder]

Ray Kelly and Joel Klein may be under consideration for positions under Obama. [Gotham Gazette]

State Senate Republicans are wooing Pedro Espada, but don’t think that Hiram Monserrate would actually join them. [Liz]

Albany City Comptroller Thomas Nitido will head the new Retirement Compliance Unit. [CC]

Jonathan Hicks tries to explain why John McCain won Staten Island. [CR]

Bill de Blasio might get in the way of Michael Bloomberg’s plan to develop Gowanus. [BP]

New jobless claims are up 46 percent over this time last year. [MarketWatch]

Sasha Obama will be the youngest White House resident since the Kennedy kids. [HP]

What Emanuel Means to Obama, DiNapoli’s Pick for R.C.U.