[Ed. – Obama administration had the same problem. Go figure.]
Two weeks after taking office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to fill a long list of top administration positions, leading to frustrations and confusion in some corners about how long holdover staffers are supposed to stay on.
Despite a flurry of hires in the days before he took office–which seemed to quell public criticism–Mr. de Blasio hasn’t named a single new appointment since last Tuesday, when he rolled out his press team, leaving a long list of agencies without permanent leaders, including the New York City Housing Authority, responsible for housing more than 400,000 residents, the Department of Buildings, which oversees building inspections at nearly 1 million properties, and the Department of Correction, which oversees the city’s jails–marking the slowest roll out in modern mayoral history. …
At the Department of Finance, which collects city taxes, administers parking tickets and oversees the city’s pension payments, three of five deputy commissioners are gone, including the agency’s deputy commissioner for operations, who oversaw everything from tax and parking collections to payment operations; the deputy commissioner for administration and planning, who oversaw the office’s press office, budget and external affairs; and the general counsel, another deputy-level post, according to an agency organizational chart. The agency’s chief of staff is also leaving at the end of the end of week, while the city’s sheriff is set to depart at the end of the month.