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The Mayor Bill de Blasio Administration

On this page, we are tracking the mayoral transition and the administration of New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. Below, you’ll find a list of Mayor de Blasio’s key appointments, followed by a list of the members of his transition team and committee, and his inaugural committee. It is important to note that the mayor has stated that his wife, Chirlane McCray has played and will continue to play an integral role in all of his work.


[Our archival page of articles profiling the mayor, his family, his campaign, and more.]




The De Blasio Administration Takes Shape


  • First Deputy Mayor: Tony Shorris
  • Shorris’ Chief of Staff: Dominic Williams
  • Director of Intergovernmental Affairs: Emma Wolfe
  • Police Commissioner: Bill Bratton
  • Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services: Lilliam Barrios-Paoli
  • Senior Health Policy Advisor and Counsel, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services: Steven Newmark
  • Budget Director: Dean Fuleihan
  • Commissioner at the Administration for Children’s Services: Gladys Carrión
  • Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development: Alicia Glen
  • Chief of Staff to the mayor: Laura Santucci
  • Corporation Counsel: Zachary Carter
  • Department of Education Chancellor: Carmen Fariña
  • Chief of Staff to the Chancellor: Ursulina Ramirez
  • Commissioner of Homeless Services: Gilbert Taylor
  • Transportation Commissioner: Polly Trottenberg
  • Director of Labor Relations: Bob Linn
  • Special Adviser to the First Deputy Mayor: Stanley Brezenoff (unpaid)
  • President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation: Kyle Kimball (staying on)
  • Sanitation Commissioner: John Doherty (stayed on temporarily (through March))
  • Office of Emergency Management: Joe Bruno (staying on, at least temporarily)
  • FDNY Commissioner: Sal Cassano (staying on, at least temporarily)
  • Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development: Bill Chong
  • Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit head: Marco A. Carrión
  • Director of the Office of Operations: Mindy Tarlow
  • Senior Advisor: Peter Ragone
  • Federal Legislative Affairs head: Max Sevillia
  • State Legislative Affairs head: Sherif Soliman
  • Press Secretary: Phillip Walzak
  • First Deputy Press Secretary: Marti Adams
  • Deputy Press Secretary: Maibe Ponet
  • Deputy Press Secretary: Wiley Norvell
  • Director of Operations for the Press Office: Angela Banks
  • Special Advisor to the Mayor (communications): Rebecca Kirszner Katz
  • Director of Research and Media Analysis: Mahen Gunaratna
  • Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Dr. Mary Bassett
  • Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence: Rose Pierre-Louis
  • Chief of Staff to First Lady Chirlane McCray: Rachel Noerdlinger
  • Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services: Maria Torres-Springer
  • Commissioner of Health and Hospitals Corporation: Dr. Ramanathan Raju
  • Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services: Stacey Cumberbatch
  • Members of the Panel for Education Policy (PEP): Elzora Cleveland, Norm Fruchter, Vanessa Leung, Lori Podvesker and Robert Reffkin
  • Director of the Office of City Legislative Affairs: Jon Paul Lupo
  • Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives: Richard Buery
  • Commissioner of the Department of Investigation (confirmed by the City Council): Mark Peters
  • Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City: Chirlane McCray (First Lady of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife)
  • Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships: Gabrielle Fialkoff
  • Nominees to the Conflicts of Interest Board (must be confirmed by the City Council): Richard Briffault (as chair) and Fernando Bohorquez, Jr.
  • Chair of the City Planning Commission: Carl Weisbrod
  • Chair of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA): Shola Olatoye
  • General Manager of NYCHA: Cecil House (staying on)
  • Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development: Vicki Been
  • President of the Housing Development Corporation: Gary D. Rodney
  • Counsel to the Mayor: Maya Wiley
  • Commissioner at the Department for the Aging: Donna M. Corrado
  • Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection: Emily Lloyd
  • Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Nisha Agarwal
  • President of School Construction Authority: Lorraine Grillo (staying on)
  • Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration: Steve Banks
  • Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission: Meera Joshi
  • Commissioner of the Department of Correction: Joseph Ponte
  • Commissioner of the Department of Probation: Ana Bermúdez
  • Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice: Elizabeth Glazer
  • Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice: Vincent Schiraldi
  • President and CEO of NYC and Company: Fred Dixon
  • Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation: Kathryn Garcia
  • Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation: Mitchell Silver
  • Commissioner of the Department of Records and Information Services: Pauline Toole
  • Appointments to the Rent Guidelines Board: Sarah Williams Willard as an owners’ representative; Cecilia Joza and Steven Flax as public members; Sheila Garcia as a tenant representative; Harvey Epstein (re-appointed) as a tenant representative


 [The City’s page for “Officials” in the “Office of the Mayor”]


The De Blasio Transition & Inauguration


  • Transition NYC Co-Chair: Jennifer Jones Austin
  • Transition NYC Co-Chair: Carl Weisbrod
  • Transition NYC Director: Laura Santucci
  • Transition NYC Deputy Director: Ursulina Ramirez
  • In addition to the four transition leaders above, there is a sixty-member Transition Committee
  • Inauguration Chair: Gabrielle Fialkoff
  • The Inauguration Committee & Honorary Inaugural Committee members
  • UPKNYC campaign to enact the mayor-elect’s plan to tax the wealthiest earners to fund universal pre-kindergarten and middle school after school programming in New York City




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