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Lis Smith officially leaves de Blasio's team

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spitzer and smith Credit: Eliot Spitzer and Lis Smith (Charles Eckert)

Lis Smith, who was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief spokeswoman during the transition between his election and inauguration, is moving on.

Smith had been officially on vacation since Christmastime revelations that she's dating former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 because of a prostitution scandal. She was a spokeswoman for Spitzer's failed comeback bid as city comptroller last summer before joining de Blasio's general election campaign.

Smith, 31, a veteran Democratic operative, left the de Blasio team Dec. 31, aide Phil Walzak said Thursday. Smith confirmed she had left but declined further comment.

“Lis was contracted to work with our team through the transition. She did exemplary work and we are grateful for the support she provided. Now that the transition is concluding, she is returning to her work as a political consultant," said Laura Santucci, de Blasio's chief of staff, in a statement.

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