De Blasio Names Former Port Authority Executive NYC's First Deputy Mayor

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    Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio has named his choice for First Deputy Mayor. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013)

    Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced his first deputy mayor will be Anthony Shorris, a senior vice president at NYU and former executive director of the Port Authority.

    The first deputy mayor oversees the operations of City Hall, advises the mayor on policy and personnel, and oversees certain city agencies.

    Harvard-educated Shorris has also worked as city finance commissioner and deputy chancellor of operations for the Department of Education, according to his bio on the NYU website.

    Shorris promised in a statement to deliver "progressive and effective leadership."

    "The rebirth of this city has been my life's work, and I know its best days are in front of us," Shorris said. "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." 

    Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg's first deputy mayor is Patricia Harris. She has served since 2005.

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