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Mayor Bill de Blasio today named Meera Joshi, the former general counsel at the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), as his pick to lead the agency.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose transition continues to take shape at a record-slow pace, rolled out a pair of hires today: Dr. Ram Raju to lead the city’s hospital system and Maria Torres-Springer to lead the city’s small business services.
After hitting the pause button on hires for the past week or so, Mayor Bill de Blasio will roll out at least one new administrative appointee today.
Mary Bassett, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is set to be named the city’s new health commissioner, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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On the second-to-last day before he’s sworn into office, Bill de Blasio still won’t answer many questions about his new administration, including who will run the city’s emergency services come January 1.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Brooklyn, the mayor-elect wouldn’t even say where he’s going to be at midnight tomorrow when he officially become mayor.
Education veteran Carmen Fariña will be the city’s next schools chancellor, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced today.
Ms. Fariña, a 40-year veteran from the city’s school system and a longtime advisor of the mayor-elect on education issues, will take over from Dennis Walcott later this week, Mr. de Blasio said at a Monday press conference, located at a Park Slope middle school.
After taking a number of days off for the holidays, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio emerged today to announce the hire of Zach Carter for his administration’s corporation counsel post.
Admitting that many New Yorkers may not be familiar with Mr. Carter, a former federal prosecutor and judge, or the corporation counsel gig itself, Mr. de Blasio nevertheless stressed the position’s importance.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who vowed throughout his campaign to build an administration that mirrored the city, laughed off the idea of hiring Republicans this morning at a press conference announcing his latest pick.
“Let’s not get crazy about this diversity idea,” joked Mr. de Blasio when asked whether he was considering appointees from across the aisle as he works to fill his incoming administration. The response draw laughs from Mr. de Blasio and many in the audience, including his wife.
Daily News vet JoAnne Wasserman is going to Capital New York, where she will be an editor.
Ben Widdicombe is coming to The New York Observer. The former Gatecrasher columnist, who left The Daily News‘ since-revamped gossip column in 2008 (after an impressive four year run) will be a contributing editor and develop an original column for the paper. He will also continue in his current role as editor in chief of Gilt City, part of Read More
And again, we cue the HAS BUZZFEED HIRED ANYONE NEW TODAY Tumblr. Jonah Peretti’s Iowa Writers Workshop for People Who Love Videos of Domesticated Animals Stuck in Boxes has hired its first music editor.