MAYOR: TOP AIDE DOESN'T LOOK NEWISH
By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY Post
December 28, 2007 -- Mayor Bloomberg yesterday named an investment banker with less than a year of government service to replace Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, Hizzoner's most-trusted economic-development aide.
Bloomberg said Robert Lieber, 53, president of the city's Economic Development Corp. since January, wouldn't need to get up to speed in his new job since he's been actively involved in the major development projects undertaken by the administration.
"I don't think there's any need to change direction," Lieber, a former Lehman Brothers banker recruited by Doctoroff, said at a City Hall press conference. "It's full speed ahead."
Bloomberg also announced a major promotion for Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, assigning him five agencies that had been in Doctoroff's portfolio - Transportation, Environmental Protection, Buildings, Taxi & Limousine, and Operations/Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
The mayor said Skyler, 34, had repeatedly proven himself in tough assignments that ranged from overseeing emergency responses to the sifting of remains at Ground Zero.
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