New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has picked Thomas G. Snyder, who worked as an top aide to a former Boston mayor, as his new chief of staff.
Snyder, who brings an understanding of city government, liberal ideology and the trust of those close to de Blasio, will take his post in April, The New York Times
He worked for former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn in the early 1990s when he managed budgets, personnel, city finances as well as labor relations.
Flynn told the Times that "Tom was the key player in restoring the city of Boston to fiscal and economic prominence."
Snyder's background is in labor as a labor organizer as he worked for the powerful hotel and restaurant union Unite Here, where he also worked under John W. Wilhelm, who is de Blasio's cousin. Snyder says he had only met de Blasio a few times prior to beginning the interview process.
However, this will be the first time Snyder has worked in New York City government and his first time living in the city, apart from a brief period in the 1970s when he was in graduate school at Columbia University.
Chief of staff is only one of several positions that de Blasio needs to fill. He is also in need of a new president of New York City's Economic Development Corp., a top communications adviser, and a press secretary.
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