Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is making a big bet on his first deputy mayor at City Hall, Anthony Shorris. The future of his administration may hinge on Shorris’ ability to get the job done. Shorris sat down with NY1’s Grace Rauh for an exclusive interview.
When it comes to making big decisions at City Hall, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says the buck stops with him. Sort of.
“There are a lot of things that don't rise to the level of the mayor. And I want everyone to know where the buck stops in those other situations. It stops with Tony Shorris,” de Blasio said at the announcement of Shorris.
Anthony Shorris, known as Tony, will be de Blasio's first deputy mayor at City Hall.
“I think the buck stops with him is actually fair to say. But it'll have a weigh station on the way,” Shorris said in an interview with NY1.
Shorris is a longtime government insider who has worked for Mayors Koch, Giuliani and Bloomberg. He ran the Port Authority under Governor Spitzer. His appointment is a clear sign de Blasio wants a seasoned deputy in charge of the day-to-day operations at City Hall.
“I came to this job because I share his believe that we need to do a better job for people in New York who haven't had a fair shot,” Shorris said.
The police commissioner and schools chancellor will report directly to de Blasio. But most other city commissioners will report to Shorris. There is, however, one other top advisor in the mix: De Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray.
“I think he's made it pretty clear she's a partner of his in everything he does,” Shorris said.
He insists he has no idea if McCray will have an office at City Hall.
Shorris's own wife, Maria Laurino, is also generating some chatter of her own for her work as executive assistant to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Governors and mayors are known to have fraught relationships and Shorris is trying to downplay the significance of his wife's position.
“I think that's not the central issue. What matters is the relationship between the mayor and the governor,” Shorris said.
For now, Shorris is doing some of his work inside the de Blasio transition offices across the street from City Hall. But that will change on January 1 when de Blasio is sworn in as the city's next mayor and Shorris officially begins his work as his top deputy.