Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced Monday that five women will serve as deputy mayors when he takes over on Jan. 1, including outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 recovery czar.
Lorraine Grillo, appointed in February as de Blasio’s head of pandemic recovery, will be Adams’ first deputy mayor, the outgoing Brooklyn borough president revealed during a Monday morning press conference at Borough Hall. Grillo began serving as head of the School Construction Authority in 2010, and has worked at the agency since 1994.
Meera Joshi, a federal transportation department administrator who headed the Taxi and Limousine Commission for five years, is set to serve as deputy mayor for operations.
Adams picked Maria Torres-Springer — who headed three city agencies, most recently the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development — to be deputy mayor for economic development.
Nonprofit executive Anne Williams-Isom, a Fordham University professor and member of Adams’ transition team, was selected as deputy mayor for health and human services.
And transition team head Sheena Wright — president and CEO of nonprofit United Way of New York City — was tapped to be deputy mayor for strategic initiatives, Adams said.
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