Doria will head DCA

State Sen. Joseph Doria will be appointed Commissioner of Community Affairs today, according to sources close to Gov. Jon Corzine. Doria will resign from the Senate and as Mayor of Bayonne.

Doria will succeed Susan Bass Levin, who is the new Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The 61-year-old Democrat was elected to the Assembly in 1979 and served as Assembly Speaker from 1990 to 1992 and as Minority Leader from 1992 to 2002. Caught up in an intra-party feud, he lost his bid for re-election in the 2003 Democratic primary. Following the death of State Sen. Glenn Cunningham in 2004, he won a Special Election Convention for the State Senate.

Doria announced earlier this year that he would not run again for the Senate. His expected successor, Sandra Bolden Cunningham, will likely go the Senate early — as soon as Doria departs.

The appointment of Doria to Corzine's cabinet has been rumored for months. The timing now allows Doria's allies who control the Bayonne City Council to appoint a new Mayor who will serve until next May. Had Doria resigned last week, there would have been a November 2007 Special Election.

Doria will head DCA