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De Blasio To Determine Whether To Keep Commissioners From Bloomberg Years

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The mayor-elect has been adamant about finding a new police commissioner., but he has until January 1 to find his inner circle and dozens of commissioners, and it's unclear if anyone from the Bloomberg years will end up staying on. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

We know the first person who is going to be let go when Bill de Blasio takes over City Hall.

"I am the only candidate who believes in the package of reforms necessary: new police commissioner, racial profiling ban and independent inspector general," de Blasio said in August.

Then comes a new schools chancellor, and certainly a new inner circle.

Former Port Authority chief Chris Ward is one name floated for deputy mayor of operations. He told NY1 that he has not spoken to the de Blasio team.

After that, the mayor-elect has not been clear on whether others from the Bloomberg administration could end up staying on.

"To people who want to join this administration, putting their names forward so we can consider all the great talent that exists in this city and beyond," de Blasio said Wednesday.

In a meeting with the current mayor on Wednesday, it was one question that the mayor-elect had for his predecessor.

Bloomberg: Some of these people will want to stay. Certain second-level down...[inaudible]
de Blasio: Did you keep any Giuliani people?
Bloomberg: Only one.

Some Bloomberg appointees appear willing to stay on.

"In the FDNY, we have a great team, so let's see what happens with the new administration," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

Pressed about wanting to stay, the fire commissioner on Thursday offered this explanation.

Cassano:No, I haven't been here that long. I love my job.
Q: So is that a yes?
Cassano: That's "I love my job."

Other members of the Bloomberg administration were not as eager.

"I am not going to answer that question," said Ronald Richter of the Administration for Children's Services

Back in 2001, Bloomberg brought in some from the outside and promoted other lower-level Giuliani deputies from within.

Those there at the time said that the move is not unprecedented.

"At the last minute, he called and talked to me about the fire department, and after 9/11, it was irresistible, so I decided to stay in government," said former Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

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