Mayor-elect Eric Adams is less than three weeks from taking office, but so far, he has only made one major appointment to his incoming administration, a massive bureaucracy run by dozens of public servants filling some of the highest-profile jobs in municipal government.
There are senior aides, deputies and agency commissioners to be picked, and so far, Adams has not kept up with the pace established by previous mayors.
So far, Adams has only named one commissioner. Last week, he appointed David Banks to lead the city’s public school system.
Aides to Adams dismissed concerns that the transition is moving slower than usual. Evan Thies, a spokesperson for Adams, told NY1 "there will be announcements every day this week."
During the same time in 2013, shortly after he was elected, de Blasio had already appointed several officials to some of the most important jobs in government. On Dec. 4, de Blasio named his first deputy mayor, Tony Shorris. That appointment was quickly followed the next day by de Blasio’s pick to lead the NYPD, Bill Bratton.
Bill Cunningham, who worked as a communications director during the Bloomberg administration, said there is no specific timeline an incoming mayor is supposed to stick to, but the optics of successfully setting up government are important.
"Every mayor is different. They speak differently, they act differently and they organize their offices differently," Cunningham said. "Every mayor has something to prove by the way they run the transition."
In the early days of the de Blasio transition, the incoming mayor had the “Talking Transition Tent" located on Canal Street. It was supposed to serve as public square of sorts, a place to meet incoming officials and hold public discussions on the future of the city.
"In Bloomberg's case, for example, everybody figured he wouldn't be able to put together an administration by the beginning of January, and in fact, he had just about all of his commissioners in place, his deputy mayors, his communications staff, and he did that throughout the month of December," Cunningham said.
Sources familiar with the process say Adams is working through dozens of candidates. He is also trying to restructure how some parts of government work and is expected to appoint several new deputy mayors whose positions haven’t previously existed.
The incoming mayor will likely continue making appointments into the new year, but experts advise some jobs might be more pressing than others.
"Some agencies, if you don't get to them by January, is not that big a deal. The city workforce knows what they have to do they know their jobs," Cunningham said. "But you don't want to go into a snowstorm without a sanitation commissioner. It just looks bad."