Bloomberg names PR director

NEW YORK - Bill Cunningham, a veteran Democratic operative who signed on with born-again Republican Mike Bloomberg early in his run for New York City mayor, was named city hall communications director last Monday.

NEW YORK - Bill Cunningham, a veteran Democratic operative who signed on with born-again Republican Mike Bloomberg early in his run for 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 new 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 sound-bite guy, and a good strategist,' added Josh Isay, campaign manager for Andrew Cuomo's democratic gubernatorial bid. 'My early feeling is that the way Bloomberg's press office has handled his transition -- which has been smooth as silk -- is an indication of the way they're going to handle things at city hall,' he added.



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