A White Administration
January 25th, 2006

No one — well virtually no one — accuses Mayor Michael Bloomberg of being a bigot, and after the racial confrontations of the Giuliani years, most New Yorkers appreciate his efforts to mend the city’s raw divides. But despite that some people are noticing his administration — like Giuliani’s — is awfully white.

In the Observer, Jason Horowitz observes that all the four new deputy mayors are white. Dennis Walcott, a holdover from term 1, is the only black deputy mayor, and Horowitz says some sees his influence waning. While Bloomberg has attracted little public criticism for this, some people have expressed concern. “He has not expanded the influence of blacks in his administration. Im dismayed and Im disappointed,” unsuccessful mayoral candidate C. Virginia Fields told Horowitz. “In a diverse city, more diversity would be beneficial to everyone and a motivating factor for young people looking up to him,” said Councilmember Leroy Comrie. But Horowitz observes that some black and Latino leaders say they have good access to the administration and see Bloomberg’s policies as colorblind, rather than exclusionary.

Giving the mayor the benefit of the doubt, Jason Goolfar in
Working Families Party Man
says Bloomberg could do better. “I seriously think the mayor needs to look at ways to include more minorities in his administration,” he writes. “I know he can do it, and I’m sure he’s not opposed to it.”

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