Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ transition team announced on Friday, Dec. 3, a major chunk of its chosen committees and members that will work to staff the Adams administration in January.
“This unprecedented collection of great minds and hard-working New Yorkers will prepare my administration for success because they represent the many backgrounds and views of our great city, and they are committed to working together toward its bright future,” said Adams in a statement released while he was on vacation in Ghana.
“Each committee has been tasked with a specific set of goals and responsibilities to ensure we are ready to lead on Day 1,” he said.
A mayor’s transition team is usually temporary, but some members are expected to make it into the administration once Adams gets sworn in next year. City&State reported that President and CEO of the Eagle Academy David Banks is “expected” to replace Meisha Porter as New York City Schools chancellor. Porter, who was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March 2021, stepped down Dec. 1 and was the first Black woman to hold the position.
The transition team is led by United Way of New York City CEO and President Sheena Wright and nine other co-chairs. The list published on Adams’ transition website includes the names of leads and members on 16 committees, many of whom supported and endorsed Adams in his campaign for mayor.
The team’s senior advisors are Councilmember Peter Koo, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblymember and Brooklyn Democratic County Chair Party Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Sen. Diane Savino, and Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar.
Bichotte Hermelyn was an early supporter of Adams’ mayoral campaign last year.
“Eric’s campaign was so successful because he was able to galvanize a multicultural coalition of New Yorkers and unify people from all walks of life behind his vision for our city’s future,” said Bichotte Hermelyn. “As a senior advisor on his transition team, I hope to keep that energy alive as we shift into the next phase of staffing a successful, qualified, and diverse cabinet.”
Many committee members have been working and collaborating over the last month since Adams was elected to conduct city agency reviews, identify and interview candidates for key appointments, and develop policy priorities, said the transition team.
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