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De Blasio Picks Gladys Carrion To Head Administration For Children's Services

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced another appointment to his administration Sunday, naming Gladys Carrion as his commissioner of the Administration For Children's Services. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Tragedies at the city's child welfare agency thrust Bill de Blasio into the spotlight.

In 2006, in the wake of the death of Nixmary Brown, a 7-year-old who died from child abuse, then-City Councilman de Blasio said, "We have to re-evaluate all of our policies, including what allows us to remove a child when there is a danger."

Now, the mayor-elect invoked those memories when he announced his administration's latest appointment on Sunday.

"There's no higher calling than protecting children," de Blasio said. "There is no more important part of the government than the part of the government that protects children."

De Blasio selected Gladys Carrion as his new commissioner for the Administration for Children's Services.

Carrion currently serves as the leader of the state agency, the Office of Children and Family Services. She was appointed in 2007 by Eliot Spitzer.

"I've had the privilege of working with tremendous leaders before, but this will be the first time that I will work for one that deeply understands the core of this work and has been in the trenches fighting for it," Carrion said.

De Blasio said that the city's child welfare agency has come a long way since Brown's death. He even praised the current mayor's juvenile justice initiatives.

Both Carrion and de Blasio said it was preventative services that would be the agency's focus.

On Sunday, the mayor-elect was asked if he would diversify the party affiliation of future appointments. It's an idea he did not take too seriously.

"I haven't set a goal around Republican representation, is the honest truth, but we will look at an candidate, and if they fit all values and our approach and have the right ability, you know what? It's a free country. We consider Republicans too."

As for what's next on the agenda for the mayor-elect, it's unclear when he will unveil his pick for schools chancellor, and as the holidays approach, he is hoping for some rest and relaxation.

"We have the dream of possibly a few days off around Christmas," he said.

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