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March 01, 2014


De Blasio Chooses Activists Over Managers for City Posts

"In Bill de Blasio's City Hall, it seems more and more, there is only a left wing," the New York Times reports.

"The mayor, who advanced in politics by grass-roots organizing, has built a team filled with former activists -- figures more accustomed to picketing administrations or taking potshots from the outside than working from within. His administration is heavily populated with appointees best known for the fights they have fought."

"In any case, Mr. de Blasio's mayor's personnel choices are just one means by which he appears to be easing the mayoralty from the practical details of governing into a platform for the kind of social change usually achieved on the streets and in the courts. It is a far different approach from that of his predecessor, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who favored agency heads and staff members with button-down business backgrounds."












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