Bill De Blasio Names Anthony Shorris As First Deputy Mayor
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio announced his appointment of his senior leadership team Wednesday.
De Blasio appointed Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor. Shorris will serve as the second-highest ranking official at City Hall, and be charged with managing the day-to-day operation of City government and the provision of core services across the five boroughs.
Shorris comes to the post having served in government for many years, starting in 1978 when he was the deputy budget director under then Mayor Ed Koch, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
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He has served several mayors and governors, also served as Finance Commissioner and Executive Director of the Port Authority. Shorris is a graduate of both Harvard and Princeton, Kramer reported.
“Tony is a leader of great character, great integrity and great accomplishment,” de Blasio said. “I am absolutely confident in his ability to deliver on the core agenda.”
Dominic Williams will serve as Chief of Staff to Shorris, playing a central role in the day-to-day coordination of agency and City Hall operations.
De Blasio also named Emma Wolfe as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Wolfe will be charged with working with officials from the City Council to Congress to implement progressive policies that require legislative and executive support.
Wolfe has a very important post because she will have to go to Albany and convince legislators that they should give a tax on the wealthy so that de Blasio can extend universal pre-K to everybody who wants it, Kramer said.
“We’ve set out to build a progressive, diverse and effective government for the people of this city. This team exemplifies those values, and each brings incredible depth and experience to the challenges ahead of us. We share a vision for this city that leaves no New Yorker behind and together, we are going to lift up New Yorkers in every neighborhood and every borough,” said de Blasio.
“We are going to deliver progressive and effective leadership that sets the standard for cities across the country,” said Shorris. “The rebirth of this city has been my life’s work, and I know its best days are in front of us. We have waited a long time for this progressive moment, and I am incredibly excited to join our new mayor and this team to take this city in a new direction.”
De Blasio campaigned on a promise of reforming stop-and-frisk, which the mayor-elect has labeled as divisive and racially motivated. He has said he will replace current police commissioner Ray Kelly.
William Bratton, who served as police commissioner from 1994 to 1996 under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, current Chief of Department Philip Banks and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro are said to be on the short list for the position.
De Blasio will take office Jan. 1.
He and his family has not yet decided whether they’ll move from their home in Park Slope to Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side.
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