As the Wall Street Journal launched a “Greater New York” section, its direct competitor, The New York Times, was moving City Hall staff around.
First was the recent introduction of Javier Hernandez, who had been covering business. He’s now in City Hall. Most recently, he wrote a story about how a fight over transparency web sites proposed by Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio is, really, jockeying for the 2013 mayor’s race.
Another change at the bureau is a mild reassignment for reporter Michael Barbaro, who has now begun looking at politics beyond the walls of City Hall. Barbaro first started roaming far-and-wide while covering the Senate non-candidate Harold Ford (even flying to Buffalo!).
But Barbaro tells me he’ll be keeping his Room 9 seat warm. “My responsibilities have changed slightly: I will keep a foot in City Hall and write more broadly about politics in the New York region. But City Hall can’t get rid of me yet,” he said via email.