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Goldsmith named deputy mayor of New York City

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday he had named former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith to be chief deputy for operations.

Goldsmith, 63, served two terms in Indianapolis, where he developed a reputation as an expert on urban innovation. During his tenure from 1992 to 1999, he promoted efforts to have private companies take over city services like vehicle maintenance and running a wastewater treatment plant.

Goldsmith was the Republican nominee for Indiana governor in 1996, but lost to then-Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, a Democrat.

Since then, Goldsmith has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was an adviser on former President George W. Bush's first campaign in 2000 and advised Bush on his faith-based and nonprofit initiative at the White House.

At a city hall news conference, Bloomberg credited Goldsmith with reviving downtown Indianapolis while cutting taxes and trimming city government.

"He's a superstar in every respect," Bloomberg said, while acknowledging Goldsmith would face challenges adjusting to New York, whose population is more than 10 times that of Indianapolis.

Goldsmith said he had no plans to run for office in New York, where Bloomberg recently began his third term.

"I'd say no and no," Goldsmith said when asked whether he harbored political ambitions and whether he would try to succeed Bloomberg as mayor.

Goldsmith will replace Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, who's leaving government for a communications role at Citigroup.

The New York Daily News reported Friday morning that Goldsmith will oversee the New York police and fire departments, plus the departments of transportation and sanitation, and many other agencies.

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  • Privatize it
    I am sure Goldsmith will first privatize the fire department and the police departments in NYS. I am sure he has some special buddies in line to buy them. Then Goldsmith will be able who the police will go out and arrest, keeping in mind those extra special big-paying clients he will have and if they are not arrested for their crimes, then they can't be brought to trial.

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

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