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Public Advocate hires Maloney Challenger

Monday, January 03, 2011 - 11:44 AM

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has hired Reshma Saujani, the financial manager who ran a primary challenge against Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Saujani, who contributed to WNYC's It's A Free Country politics site, will start tomorrow, as de Blasio's deputy advocate for special initiatives. Saujani will oversee a non-profit being run out of de Blasio's office.

Saujani's challenge to Maloney gained national attention, in part because of her notable supporters, including Maureen White, Steven Rattner and Diana Taylor, and for, generally, taking a pro-Wall Street stance when beating up on the industry was the trend.

De Blasio - whose ties to the Working Families Party and labor movement - make him a contender for the 2013 mayor's race, now, conceivably, has a bit more access to the Wall Street crowd, and a formalizes his ties to a young political operative with a demonstrated ability to raise money.

Her first day is tomorrow.

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Mike

She is a diamond in the rough once molded you will see the shine. But then there are sick people among us who just know how to send out vitriolic messages that destroy our community like what happened in Arizona

Jan. 12 2011 04:31 PM
Paul J. Bosco

Odd that a hedge-fund lawyer who distinguished herself by the DIRTINESS of her political campaign, with its reliance on almost STYLISH lies and slurs, wil be embedded in the city agency which is meaningless if it lacks the public's trust.

She got 19% against Maloney. Most of us hated her. Maybe Fox News had already met its Indian-American quota. Your skepticism is merited.

--Paul J. Bosco
Lower East Side

Jan. 10 2011 04:45 PM

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