INTERNATIONAL: New York mayor comms position for Cunningham

NEW YORK: Bill Cunningham, a veteran Democratic PRO who signed on

with born-again Republican Mike Bloomberg early in his victorious

campaign to be New York City mayor, was named City Hall communications

director last Monday.

The clout that title offers Cunningham became apparent two days later,

when he sat down for his first day of work at one of the four cubicles

closest to Bloomberg's in the newsroom-style office installed by the

newly appointed mayor.

'There's no doubt that he'll represent real power and real access,' said

communications consultant Ken Sunshine, who served as the first chief of

staff in the Dinkins administration.

'Bill is both a good soundbite guy, and a good strategist,' added Josh

Isay, veteran US election campaign manager.

'My feeling is that the way Bloomberg's press office has handled his

transition - which has been smooth - is an indication of the way they're

going to handle things at City Hall,' he added.

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