Sharpton Praises Cuomo’s Picks

The Reverend Al Sharpton has blessed the first round of staff appointments from Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo.

“His selections for his top aides are diverse, solid and strong additions to his team,” Sharpton wrote in a statement on his National Action Network website.

Sharpton had questioned Cuomo’s commitment to diversity throughout the gubernatorial campaign, and again when the governor-elect announced his initial transition team, saying he hadn’t seen any signals that Cuomo would follow through on his promise to have the most diverse administration in the state’s history. Sharpton went so far as to warn that there might be “governing problems.”

But Sharpton was satisfied with the appointments Cuomo announced yesterday, which included Yrthya A. Dinzey-Flores, who will serve as the administration’s Chief Diversity Officer.

“If Mr. Cuomo’s initial selections for his staff leadership are any indication of how he will fill the rest of his administration, he is on his way to fulfilling his promise in this area,” Sharpton wrote. “I hope he will continue to strengthen the rest of his administration–including commissioners and agencies–with the type of diverse and capable talent as he has announced today.”

Here’s the statement, as posted on the National Action Network website:

“It has been no secret that I, along with numerous other New Yorkers, were concerned that the administration of Governor-elect Cuomo reflect the diversity of our citizenry. It is also no secret that Governor-elect Cuomo has made it clear that his administration will be one of the most diverse that New York has ever seen.
If Mr. Cuomo’s initial selections for his staff leadership are any indication of how he will fill the rest of his administration, he is on his way to fulfilling his promise in this area. His selections for his top aides are diverse, solid and strong additions to his team. I hope he will continue to strengthen the rest of his administration –including commissioners and agencies– with the type of diverse and capable talent as he has announced today.”

Sharpton Praises Cuomo’s Picks