Eric Adams’ transition team has many Bloomberg, de Blasio aides
This should be a smooth move into City Hall for Eric Adams — but if not, he can just hire his massive transition team to run things.
The mayor-elect announced a 750-person team to get him set for Jan. 1 and beyond that includes staff who previously served at City Hall under both of his predecessors.
The transition team is many times larger than those of both Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, who each had under 100 people. And Adams is relying on about a half dozen former aides of each former mayor to help get him set to take over the Big Apple.
“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,” Adams said in a statement.
The Adams team is divided into 20 committees in subject areas like housing, education and public safety.
From the Bloomberg camp those include Janette Sadik-Khan, who was transportation commissioner, and Cas Holloway, who led technical operations.
The ex-de Blasio aides are his communication director Wiley Norvell and senior advisor Andrea Hagelgans.
Many of the members have already been working to interview candidates for key positions in the incoming Adams administration and develop top priorities.
“I’m a great believer that he’s really going to kick off his administration with some spectacular talent,” said Sid Davidoff, an attorney specializing in government relations who worked for former Mayor John Lindsay.
“He really is taking the opportunity to say ‘On day one, I want to be there. I want to kick start this government’,” Davidoff surmised.
The team is led by United Way of New York’s President Sheena Wright other major municipal leaders like Ford Foundation chair Darren Walker, CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez, and 32BJ union boss Kyle Bragg.
Other notable names on the list include City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who heads up the intergovernmental affairs committee; infrastructure committee lead Republican Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo; and legal committee member Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC anchor who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic primary.