Mayor Bloomberg just announced Patrick J. Brennan as the long-awaited replacement to Jonathan Greenspun as head of the Community Asssistance Unit, an office that has taken on renewed importance and prominence since all the demonstrations and hard feelings started in the city’s Orthodox community a couple of months ago.
After rumors that Terry Tolbert or Fred Kreizman might get the nod, the choice of Brennan seems, in retrospect, like an obvious one.
After all, Brennan has worked as golden boy Kevin Sheakey’s Shief of Staff and played a significant role in Bloomberg’s reelction campaign as head ofcommunity outreach.
The mayor also picked Christopher Coffey as Deputy Commissioner for Operations, and Fred Kreizman, who in the early stages seemed to be up for the top job, as Assistant Commissioner of Citywide Outreach.
As Ben noted in his column this week, there had been a movement within City Hall to give the position to an African-American. (Thus the early rumors about Tolbert.)
The lesson is probably this: Never underestimate Kevin Sheekey.