With time running out on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lame-duck term, a number of his staffers are looking to his longtime rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo for job security. The last few weeks have seen a steady stream of press releases from Cuomo’s office announcing the hiring of ex-Bloomberg staff.
The Cuomo administration announced Sept. 19 that it had Kary Sarlin, Bloomberg’s one-time director of consumer affairs, and Gerrardo Russo, a senior Bloomberg policy advisor. Both now have positions at the Empire State Development Corp. Sarlin will work as executive vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives while Russo will serve as vice president of communications.
A day later, the Cuomo administration announced that it had hired Andrew Nicklin, director of research and development for the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Nicklin is an open data guru and will head Cuomo’s Open NY open data initiative that has slowly gotten off the ground over the past two years.
Bloomberg must love losing staffers to Cuomo.
As for the Bloomie staffers getting jobs with Cuomo, why not?
Bloomberg is a plutocrat and Cuomo is a functionary for the plutocracy.
It makes total sense.