It’s about time that quaint, little island put some adults in charge.
As pointed out by New York magazine, the Big Apple has placed people from Massachusetts in many of its highest government positions. Finally.
It starts at the very top with lifelong Red Sox fan (and also mayor) Bill de Blasio, who grew up in Cambridge.
De Blasio’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Thomas Snyder, arrives in New York after serving as the “right-hand man’’ to former Boston mayor Raymond W. Flynn in the 1990s.
Snyder joins New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who grew up and went to college in Boston, and started his career as a Boston police officer in 1970. Bratton was Boston police commissioner for six months from 1993 to 1994.
Current New York Deputy Mayor Richard Buery left New York when he was younger to attend Harvard, before working in at a housing development program in Roxbury. Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and “secret weapon’’ Emma Wolfe is a Lowell native and Red Sox fan, of course.
Additionally, de Blasio’s first deputy mayor, Anthony Shorris, was a Harvard grad, along with Office of Appointments Director Chloe Drew.
As much as New Yorkers don’t want to admit it, trusting people from Massachusetts to run their city isn’t a particularly new development. Former mayor Michael Bloomberg was born in Brighton and grew up in Medford. In 2001, Bloomberg even hinted that he was a Red Sox fan, before later converting to the Dark Side.
If there’s any hope left for that bubbly metropolis, de Blasio and friends will stay loyal to Red Sox Nation.