Troubling Pattern as De Blasio Taps Goldman Sachs Exec
In his second appointment to raise eyebrows among his progressive supporters, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced Monday that he was selecting a former Goldman Sachs executive to be the city’s deputy mayor of housing and urban development.
“The question that even some de Blasio fans raise is, at what point do you surround yourself with so many insiders that truly substantial change becomes impossible.” –Jarrett Murphy
The choice of Alicia Glen, a high-level executive at the well-known investment bank, drew special attention because of de Blasio’s slated plan to increase taxes on the wealthy and promises to curb the excesses and influence of Wall Street financial firms epitomized by Goldman Sachs.
As the New York Times reports:
Questions have already been raised over de Blasio’s other appointments, including his choice of William Batton for police commissioner. Batton previously served as the head of the NYPD under Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
And, according to The Nation’s Jarrett Murphy, there’s a pattern here and a possibly troubling one. He writes:
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