Bill de Basio Appoints Dean Fuleihan Budget Director

Dean Fuleihan, Bill de Blasio's new budget director. (Photo: sunycnse.com)

Dean Fuleihan, Bill de Blasio’s new budget director. (Photo: sunycnse.com)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today announced his latest hire, appointing Dean Fuleihan budget director.

Mr. Fuleihan, who will be charged with negotiating the city’s future budgets, has spent most of his career in Albany, working for the New York State Assembly, including as chief fiscal and policy advisor.

In a statement, Mr. de Blasio hailed Mr. Fuleihan’s record in Albany and talked up his pick’s progressive credentials.

“During the hardest of times, when we had a Republican governor and State Senate determined to leave New York City’s most vulnerable to fend for themselves, Dean Fuleihan stood his ground,” he said. “Dean is a true progressive who understands not only our limits, but our possibilities. He will ensure our priorities live up to both our responsibilities and our values.”

Mr. Fuleihan stressed his goal of using the budget to address growing income inequality.

“While our city faces a daunting fiscal landscape, we can create a budget that is deeply committed to our priorities. We are going to confront inequality with critical investments in CUNY and other engines for the middle class. We are going to put new energy behind affordable housing and early education. This will be a fair, responsible and progressive budget that takes economic inequality in our city head-on,” he said.

Here’s the full release:

MAYOR-ELECT DE BLASIO APPOINTS DEAN FULEIHAN AS BUDGET DIRECTOR

Fuleihan charged with developing a progressive, fiscally-responsible budget that prioritizes strategic investments in CUNY and affordable housing, and fosters economic growth for all

NEW YORK, NY – Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today appointed Dean Fuleihan to serve as City Hall’s next Budget Director. Fuleihan will be charged with helping to construct a budget that protects core services in the face of declining federal support, shifts corporate tax subsidies to strategic investments in institutions like CUNY, fosters economic growth in key areas like the tech sector and small business, and wisely invests public resources in priorities like education, housing and health care to spark opportunity for more New Yorkers.

Fuleihan is one of the most accomplished budget negotiators in the state, having served more than three decades in top posts for the New York State Assembly, including as the chief fiscal and policy advisor to the Assembly leadership.

“During the hardest of times, when we had a Republican governor and State Senate determined to leave New York City’s most vulnerable to fend for themselves, Dean Fuleihan stood his ground. Dean is a true progressive who understands not only our limits, but our possibilities. He will ensure our priorities live up to both our responsibilities and our values,” said Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.

“While our city faces a daunting fiscal landscape, we can create a budget that is deeply committed to our priorities. We are going to confront inequality with critical investments in CUNY and other engines for the middle class. We are going to put new energy behind affordable housing and early education. This will be a fair, responsible and progressive budget that takes economic inequality in our city head-on,” said incoming Budget Director Dean Fuleihan.

About Dean Fuleihan:

Dean Fuleihan is a fiscal expert with a demonstrated record of moving large budgets from conception to passage.

Over a 33-year career, Fuleihan served as the principal fiscal and policy advisor to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Assembly leadership, and the Majority Conference. He was the Assembly’s principal staff negotiator on the $130 billion state budget. In that capacity, he engaged annually with senior staff to the governor and the State Senate to reach agreements to fund the operations of New York’s massive state government.

Fuleihan helped oversee operations of 37 Assembly committees, offered policy and fiscal review on legislation, and provided forecasts of the economy and state revenues. During his years in government, Fuleihan was widely respected on both sides of the aisle, even by his counterparts in budget negotiations that could be contentious.

After departing the Assembly, Fuleihan joined the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, a college which has undertaken rapid expansion and is having a significant impact on innovative research and economic development across upstate New York. Building upon decades of experience in the legislature, Fuleihan has been at the forefront of groundbreaking partnerships to bolster upstate New York’s growing technology sector.