Servants, media editor and AD: A look at Eric Adams’ massive transition team

Mayor-elect Eric Adams named a cadre of policy buffs, lawmakers and nonprofit CEOs from a variety of fields to his nearly 800-person transition team, which includes members of city governments from Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, according to a list released by Adams on Friday. The hope, according to a spokesperson, is to ensure Adams is ready to “deliver to New Yorkers on day one.”

An Adams spokesperson released the names of the transition team on Friday, with 20 committees ranging from health, public safety, food policy, education and infrastructure. The hope behind the transition team, according to his spokesman, is to ensure he is ready to work when he is sworn in next month.

“Each committee has been tasked with a specific set of objectives and responsibilities to ensure we are ready to lead on day one,” Adams said in a statement. “If we are to meet the many challenges facing us as a city, the worlds of advocacy, nonprofits and business must all be at the same table, working in collaboration – and that is exactly what this transition. And this city’s transition to a safer, healthier and more prosperous New York will continue after January 1. I therefore hope to continue to rely on this group of experts and advocates after I take office.

Other names on the list include Luis Miranda, a founding member of the lobby group MirRam, and Vicki Schneps, the editor behind amNewYork/Metro and a frequent promoter of Adams in her line of community newspapers. Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney-elect, also joined the transition team, along with his counterparts from the other four boroughs.

Some committees are stronger than others. For example, while the Communications Committee is made up of 13 people, the Education Committee has over 100 members. The committee is led by Saskia Thompson and David Banks, who would be seen as the schools’ chancellor. Several lawmakers also joined the team, including outgoing New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Manhattan/Bronx Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who is about to retire.

The transition team also includes former members of de Blasio’s and Bloomberg’s respective administrations. Among them is Janette Sadik-Khan, who served as transportation commissioner under Bloomberg and is now on Adams’ Infrastructure, Climate and Sustainability Committee. J. Phillip Thompson, current Deputy Mayor de Blasio, serves on the equity committee.

Sheena Wright, president and CEO of United Way of New York, is chair of the transition team. In an interview on WNYC several weeks ago, Wright said a “healthy tension” exists between committees seeking to ensure the right policies are passed.

“What we’re really trying to deepen during this transition is really to refine those priorities and be much more specific about the steps for GSD to take – to get things done,” Wright said, saying that she hopes this will make Adams intentional. to really “move the needle for New York City”.