Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped a Queens district leader and organized labor insider to join his administration, sources say.
Rebecca Lynch, a district leader in eastern Queens and a registered lobbyist for the teamsters union, recently joined Mr. de Blasio’s community affairs unit. While her exact role is not immediately clear, Ms. Lynch will likely assist Mr. de Blasio’s outreach efforts to Queens’ civic groups, nonprofits and community organizations.
Ms. Lynch has given up her district leader post to take the de Blasio administration gig, a source confirmed.
Ms. Lynch is the latest well-connected Democrat to join Mr. de Blasio’s administration. Unlike Brooklyn’s Lincoln Restler, however, she is closely aligned with the Queens Democratic Party, an organization that earned Mr. de Blasio’s ire when its members aggressively backed a challenge to the mayor’s preferred candidate for City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito.
A district leader since 2011, Ms. Lynch served in the unpaid and relatively obscure post in her district along with Councilman Mark Weprin and his brother, Assemblyman David Weprin. Sources said that Marco Carrión, Mr. de Blasio’s new community affairs commissioner, singled out Ms. Lynch to join the unit because he knew her from organized labor circles. Mr. Carrión previously served as the political director for the Central Labor Council.
Ms. Lynch did not return multiple requests for comment and Mr. de Blasio’s office did not immediately respond.