Bloomberg names comms 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


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


"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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