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Former Port Authority Leader Named First Deputy Mayor

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's administration took further shape Wednesday, as former Port Authority executive director Anthony Shorris was named first deputy mayor.

Speaking at City Hall, de Blasio said Shorris will be in charge of managing the day-to-day operation of city government and ensuring core services are provided across the five boroughs.

Shorris was most recently a senior vice president at NYU Langone Medical Center.

He has worked for Mayors Ed Koch, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, as well as for Governors Mario Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer.

"I don't think I know anyone who has this range of experience and achievement, and who will be able to work with all elements of the government seamlessly because he has done such an extraordinary range of work," de Blasio said.

De Blasio said that Shorris will be running the day-to-day business of government at City Hall, and he said that his top aide will also be working to implement the mayor's agenda every day.

Shorris is expected to serve as acting mayor when de Blasio is out of town.

"There should be no question that Tony Shorris will be the leader of our administration and the operations of our administration," de Blasio said.

"I am profoundly excited about the chance to support this mayor and his team in building a competent, progressive, diverse government that serves the people of New York," Shorris said.

De Blasio also revealed that Public Advocate Chief of Staff Dominic Williams will serve in the same role under Shorris, and appointed his deputy campaign manager and political director, Emma Wolfe, to serve as the new administration's director of intergovernmental affairs.

Wolfe's first major task will be to convince Albany lawmakers to support de Blasio's tax hike to pay for pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

De Blasio gave no indication of when he is going to roll out other appointments like police commissioner or schools chancellor. He said that he will announce his choices when the decisions are final. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP