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De Blasio Names Small Business Services, Health and Hospitals Corp. Leaders

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced appointments to two key city agencies.

Former Economic Development Corporation staffer Maria Torres-Springer will now head the Department of Small Business Services, and long-time health care administrator, Doctor Ramanathan Raju, will lead the Health and Hospitals Corporation.

"In a city as great as ours, the vast economic inequalities that exist here are simply unacceptable. New Yorkers deserve better," Torres-Springer said.

"I'm looking forward to working with you - with the administration - and make sure the Health and Hospitals Corporation, which has got the noble mission of taking care of the most vulnerable amongst us and give them adequate access, better health care and better outcomes," Raju said.

Under Torres-Springer, De Blasio says SBS will focus far less on the "Aggressive enforcement and overly punitive fines" that he said characterized the city's relationship with small businesses under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, Ramanathan most recently headed up the public health system of Chicago.

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