De Blasio Taps Longtime Union Official as Chief of Staff

NEW YORK (AP) -

A union official who previously served in Boston’s government has been appointed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief of staff.

The mayor on Monday announced the appointment of Thomas Snyder, who has spent nearly two decades with UNITE HERE — most recently as international vice president. The union represents people in the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry and transportation industries. This is his first post in New York.

Snyder replaces Laura Santucci, who left after leading Brooklyn’s failed bid to secure the 2016 Democratic National Convention for a post at the World Food Organization.