Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Bob Lieber is stepping down after two and a half years at City Hall. He's the third deputy mayor to leave since Mayor Michael Bloomberg was elected to a third term last November.
Lieber lived in the shadow of his forceful predecessor, Dan Doctoroff who was alternately admired and reviled for the breadth of his vision. Lieber brought a more conciliatory approach to his job. He was also more modest in his goals, due in part to the economic climate, but the recession also allowed Lieber to take advantage of the city's relative financial strength. For example, in the past two months Lieber negotiated the acquisition of Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park from Gov. David Paterson. He also shepherded through projects that include the redevelopment of Willets Point in Queens and Coney Island in Brooklyn.
Lieber is stepping down in June and is taking a job at Island Capital Group, a real estate investment firm which once also employed state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The city says it will undertake a comprehensive search for Lieber’s replacement.
The two other deputy mayors to step down include one of Bloomberg’s close confidants, Ed Skyler, who stepped down in early April and took a job at Citibank, and Kevin Sheeky, who was the mastermind behind the mayor's third-term bid. Sheeky announced on March 2 that he would be taking a position at Bloomberg L.P.