De Blasio Is Pretty Touchy Over Slow Commissioner Appointments

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New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaks to members of the media after a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and a group of newly-elected mayors from across the country at the Roosevelt Room of the White House December 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama met with the newly-elected mayors to discuss "the ways in which the Obama Administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity," according to a White House news release.
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Bill de Blasio has already gained a reputation for taking a relaxed approach to his public schedule. And now that he's coming down to the wire for hiring commissioners to run city agencies, he's getting a bit annoyed at the reporters who are pointing that out, too. In what The New York Times's Michael Grynbaum called "some early signs of mayoral testiness," De Blasio chided Politicker's Jill Colvin when she asked him yesterday about the status of three key posts that remained open — sanitation commissioner, fire commissioner, and office of emergency management commissioner. "I appreciate the attempt, but you know better. We will make our announcements when we’re ready to make our announcements," De Blasio told Colvin.

With time running out before his swearing-in, Colvin reported that fire commissioner Sal Cassano, OEM commissioner Joseph Bruno, and sanitation commissioner John Doherty would all stay on at least through the transition. But the Times noted that other offices, such as the Office of State Legislative Affairs, remained leaderless as of the weekend. "Current staff members at the office have received no indication from the mayor-elect’s transition team as to whether they will be retained," Grynbaum reported.

But with snow in the forecast this week, one position of special interest appears to be filled: Colvin's sources told her that Doherty had agreed to head up Sanitation through the snow season.