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De Blasio: Transition starts Tuesday 'in earnest'

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Bill de Blasio says his transition to the mayor’s office — including the work of finding, vetting and appointing members of his administration — begins Tuesday “in earnest.”

De Blasio said Monday that he will get to work lining up the city’s new leaders, its first change of guard in 12 years. He had just returned from a four-day trip to Puerto Rico for a political conference and a brief vacation with his wife.

He demurred when asked for details about appointees. “We’ll have announcements in the coming days about our approach and timeline,” he said.

De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, was elected in a landslide one week ago Tuesday, and last Wednesday he announced four members of his transition team.
The team launched a transition website, which invites input from New Yorkers, and a Twitter account.

De Blasio has vowed to install a new police commissioner, schools chancellor and taxi and limousine commissioner, and to make other personnel changes.

He added yesterday that he would make his schedule available to the press and the public.

“We’re certainly committed to being transparent,” he said.

De Blasio and his family have yet to decide whether they will move to Gracie Mansion, the mayor-elect said yesterday.

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