A Little Indy Comes to NYC (Update)
April 30th, 2010
OK, so he’s a Colts fan.
The Harvard prof and former Indianapolis mayor admits he doesn’t know enough about the Big Apple, but Stephen Goldsmith, the new deputy mayor for operations, says he is ready to take on the challenge.
Whether that means the reputable Republican will be leaving behind some of his politics, we don’t yet know.
For instance, in November the new deputy mayor donated $250 to Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Yes, Tiahrt stands for Tiahrt amendment — the same amendment that prevented municipal police, like the NYPD, from accessing federal gun trace data. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaigned vigorously for the amendment’s repeal. (You can see video of Bloomberg denouncing the amendment here.)
In his new role at City Hall Goldsmith will oversee the police and fire departments. He will also be in charge of the transportation, sanitation, environmental protection and buildings departments.
Goldsmith, who served as chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, helped spearhead the integration of faith based programs into the Bush policy agenda. In 2008, he donated $2,300 to John McCain’s presidential campaign.
He is the author of six books on government and is credited with revitalizing downtown Indianapolis. He served as mayor there from 1992 to 1999.
The former mayor of the Circle City assumes the post long held by Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, who leaves City Hall today to become the chief of communications for Citigroup.
UPDATE: Bloomberg Spokesman Marc LaVorgna said Goldsmith contributed to Tiahrt because of his support of the public service AmeriCorps program. LaVorgna also said, “The mayor doesn’t make hires based on finding people that agree with him on every single issue, and Steve was hired because he is the premier expert on government innovation and is a renowned expert on management of government.”By Courtney Gross on April 30, 2010, 4:28 pm
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