Mets name ex-Bloomberg aide executive director, external affairs

A view from above Citi Field in Flushing,

A view from above Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Credit: AP)

A top aide to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will join the Mets.

Haeda Mihaltses was named Wednesday as the Mets' executive director, external affairs, the club announced. In her newly created role, the team announced that Mihaltses will be the "main liaison with city, state and federal officials and oversee relations with community stakeholders."

Mihaltses' appointment comes nearly four months after the city council greenlighted what's expected to be a $3 billion redevelopment plan for Willets Point, the area surrounding Citi Field.

The Mets figure to be a major player in the process. In 2012, Bloomberg named Sterling Equities, the Mets' parent company, as one of the project's developers.

Mihaltses brings extensive experience within the city government. She spent the previous 12 years as a member of Bloomberg's management team after 15 years working within the City Council's finance division.

A native New Yorker, Mihaltses resides in Bayside.

Turner joins Dodgers. The Dodgers signed Justin Turner to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, where the former Met will compete for a spot on the bench.

The Mets non-tendered the 29-year-old Turner earlier this offseason. Mostly as a utility player, Turner hit .265 during his stint with the Mets, which began in 2010.

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