Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
Abner Louima Police Brutality Prosecutor to be de Blasio's Corporation Counsel
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has chosen a former U.S. Attorney to become New York City's Corporation Counsel.
Zachary Carter was the first African American to serve as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, de Blasio said, where he cracked down on the mafia, gangs and human trafficking. He also led the prosecution of the Abner Louima police brutality case and the federal prosecution of those responsible for the death of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots.
At a press conference near City Hall, de Blasio said New Yorkers may not know Carter's name, but they certainly know his work.
"If anyone has ever worked to end the tale of two cities, both in their professional life and in their personal commitment, that person is Zach Carter," he said.
The city's top lawyer drafts legislation and represents city officials in legal matters. Under Mayor Bloomberg, the corporation counsel helped pursue some of the administration's most high-profile initiatives, including stop-and-frisk and the ban on large sodas.
De Blasio said Carter will focus on paid sick leave, affordable housing, health care and reforming stop-and-frisk.