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Mayor de Blasio fills six more top positions

January 6, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Mayor Bill De Blasio on Monday filled a half dozen top city positions, appointing the heads of the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, the Mayor’s Office of the Operations, State and Federal Legislative Affairs, and a Senior Advisor.

His appointments include:

Bill Chong, appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development. Chong is currently the Department for the Aging’s Deputy Commissioner for Program Operations, where he is credited with helping implement the city’s Out-of-School-Time Initiative. He will be charged with executing Mayor de Blasio’s plan to provide after-school programs for every middle schooler.
Marco A. Carrión will lead the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. There he will be “connecting City Hall to communities across the city, especially in the outer boroughs,” de Blasio said in a statement.
Mindy Tarlow will serve as the Director of the Office of Operations. Tarlow most recently served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities. Her mission is “to show that City Hall can be efficient as well as fiscally and socially responsible.”
Peter Ragone will serve as a Senior Advisor, building on “an extensive career as a spokesman and strategic advisor for mayors, governors and federal officials.”
Max Sevillia will be in charge of de Blasio’s Federal Legislative Affairs. Sevillia has experience “fighting for immigration reform” and other urban issues in Washington, and is charged with supporting “a progressive legislative agenda.”

Sherif Soliman will lead State Legislative Affairs. Soliman currently serves as Communications Director of the New York City Employees Retirement System. He will be charged with helping enact the Mayor’s agenda in Albany—especially an income surcharge on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal pre-K and expanded after-school programs.

“They will help us bring our progressive agenda straight to the people, and mobilize within communities so we work together to take on challenges like addressing inequality,” Mayor de Blasio said.

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