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Mayor Picks New Health Commissioner, Plans to Uphold Soda Ban

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Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to fill out his administration and on Thursday announced two new staffing picks, including a new health commissioner.

The mayor tapped Doctor Mary Bassett to serve as the head of the city's Department of Health and Rose Pierre-Louis to lead the Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

De Blasio says his appointees are the right people to make that happen.

"The agencies that we're talking about today do some of the most serious, difficult, earnest work in all of government. And it demands people are not only extraordinary professionals with deep experience but people who have great compassion, great understanding of the people of New York City," de Blasio said.

"There's no better time to be the health commissioner of New York City than now, with an administration that places social justice at the heart of its agenda," Bassett said.

The mayor also said he will uphold Bloomberg's controversial soda ban as the city continues to fight obesity.

He said that while he agrees with many of Bloomberg's health initiatives the way decisions are made under his administration will focus more on the needs of community members.

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