NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has defined the role his wife will have in his administration.
First Lady Chirlane McCray will be chairwoman of The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The position is unpaid.
In an exclusive interview with CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer, McCray discussed her new role.
Most first ladies have kept paid jobs in the private sector. Kramer asked McCray why she’s serving for free.
“Well Marcia, Bill and I deeply believe in public service and as you know, it’s not a secret we’ve worked so closely together over the last 22 years,” McCray told Kramer. “This is just a natural continuation of our partnership.”
The Mayor’s Fund, which had $37 million budget in 2012, develops public-private partnerships and investments with a focus on youth development, health, the environment and the arts. The Mayor’s Fund also supports relief efforts after disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.