Carl Wesibord, left, & Richard Buery with Mayor de Blasio at the announcements of their 2014 appointments
As Mayor-elect Eric Adams is in the process of transitioning to become the next Mayor of New York City on January 1, two veterans of city government and mayoral transition processes spoke about the keys to a smooth transition, setting up a new city government, accomplishing top goals, and more. During an online "civic conversation" hosted by Citizens Union Foundation on Friday, December 3, former Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Carl Weisbrod, co-chair of Bill de Blasio's 2013 transition committee, joined moderator Ben Max, editor of Gotham Gazette, to discuss their experiences, advice, and observations.
Buery, currently the CEO of Robin Hood, was a member of a de Blasio 2013 transition committee and became Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, initially tasked with overseeing the implementation of universal pre-kindergarten, de Blasio's top mayoral campaign promise. Weisbrod, now a Senior Advisor at HR&A Advisors, was a co-chair of de Blasio's 2013 transition and is a veteran of several mayoral administrations, including as the head of city planning under de Blasio.
Watch the conversation: