Harris set to leave Bloomberg LP for role in NY city hall

NEW YORK: New York City Mayor-elect Mike Bloomberg has drafted

Patricia Harris, head of corporate communications and philanthropic

projects at Bloomberg LP, to serve as deputy mayor for


Many of the lieutenants recruited to staff Bloomberg's city hall did not

have close contact with the billionaire prior to his election


Harris, however, has long been a member of his inner circle, and her

influence is expected to extend well beyond her official portfolio,

which will include public events, cultural affairs, and day-to-day

operations in the mayor's office.

Another former Bloomberg LP employee slated for a key role in the

mayor's office is Ed Skyler, who served as Bloomberg's press secretary

during the campaign, and has been asked to stay on in the same position

at city hall. Skyler is currently vetting candidates for his

communications shop, and will announce his selections in the coming


Chris Taylor, public relations director at Bloomberg LP, said that the

company has not yet determined who will take over for Harris. "As far as

replacing Patty and what she did, that's not yet clear," she said.

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