BREAKING: Bill de Blasio chooses deputy mayor

December 4, 2013 Associated Press
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has appointed Anthony Shorris as his first deputy mayor.

Shorris is a former executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He now works at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Shorris also served as deputy education chancellor and former Mayor Edward Koch’s finance commissioner. He also directed Princeton University’s Policy Research Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The first deputy mayor is traditionally the mayor’s right hand, in charge of running the city’s day-to-day operations.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed the structure somewhat. Patricia Harris was first deputy mayor and top aide, but Bloomberg empowered the deputy mayor of operations to run things.

De Blasio has suggested he’ll alter the structure back to the more traditional format.

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