De Blasio Names 2 More to Senior Staff

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday named two more senior staff members.

Stacey Cumberbatch will be the commissioner of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages city-owned property and hires city employees. The Barbados-born Cumberbatch helped clean up the CityTime record-keeping system, which suffered from ballooning budgets.

Cumberbatch’s ancestors were slaves in Barbados, and probably took their distinctive last name from a white owner.

Jon Paul Lupo, who helped steer Melissa Mark-Viverito’s successful bid to become city council speaker last week, will direct the city’s Office of City Legislative Affairs. The appointment underscores the close ties de Blasio has with Mark-Viverito, who has the power to green-light his agenda.