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Goldman Sachs exec will focus on jobs on de Blasio team

(L-R) Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Alicia Glen, and

(L-R) Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Alicia Glen, and Laura Santucci attend a news conference at MILGO/BUFKIN, a family run metal fabricator, at which the mayor-elect made two key appointments in Brooklyn. (Dec. 23, 2013) Credit: Charles Eckert

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Monday introduced Alicia Glen, a Goldman Sachs executive with roots in New York City government, as his deputy mayor for housing and economic development.

"She has a track record of bringing public and private sector together to make big investments in communities," de Blasio said in Brooklyn, calling Glen an expert in "urban economic development."

One of Glen's chief responsibilities will be to create well-paying jobs, he said.

Glen, 47, is de Blasio's third deputy mayor appointee. She worked in the David Dinkins administration alongside de Blasio; for Brooklyn Legal Services; in the city's Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; and is currently head of the urban investment group at Goldman Sachs.

"The tale of two cities is not OK," Glen said, echoing de Blasio's campaign theme. "It is not OK for us to live in this city and to tolerate the kind of inequality that we see."

The administration's job-creation efforts will focus on small businesses, immigrant communities, emerging industries such as film and technology, and nonprofit organizations, Glen said.

"It's really not thinking vertically, it's thinking horizontally: How can we invest in apprenticeship programs, leverage our community colleges, continue to work with CUNY," she said.

De Blasio, who takes office Jan. 1, also announced that the executive director of his transition team, Laura Santucci, 32, will stay on as his chief of staff.

The mayor-elect only fleetingly addressed reports that his spokeswoman, Lis Smith, is dating former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He would not say whether Smith will remain on his team.

"I respect Lis as a professional, but I also respect her right to privacy, so I'm not going to get any further into it," he said.

Smith served as Spitzer's spokeswoman during his failed comptroller bid. She ordinarily attends every de Blasio news conference, but she was not present at Monday's.

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