Stephen Goldsmith Out, Cas Holloway in as Deputy Mayor For Operations

Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has resigned as deputy mayor for operations, the mayor’s office announced today. Current Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway will replace him.

Goldsmith was brought in for the mayor’s third term with a charge to reinvent city government, particularly along the libertarian lines that he espoused as mayor of Indianapolis. As deputy mayor for operations, he was responsible for the Department of Transportation, among other agencies.

The change may only have a limited effect on DOT if Mayor Bloomberg keeps in place his current organizational structure. Responsibility for the department was split between Goldsmith and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel last fall, with Steel playing the larger part.

Goldsmith leaves to take a job in infrastructure finance. He was the leading force behind the ongoing exploration of a parking meter privatization deal for New York City.

Many have theorized that Goldsmith left in part because of disapproval over his handling of last winter’s blizzard, including Adam Lisberg, who predicted the Goldsmith-for-Holloway switch a month ago.

Before taking over at DEP last year, Holloway served as the chief of staff for former Deputy Mayor for Operations Ed Skyler, who preceded Goldsmith, and as chief of staff at the Parks Department.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

  • Abc

    The ideologue types – especially on the right – seem to always get gone when the goin’ gets tough.

  • Glenn

    If there is one person responsible for stalled out bike lanes around the city, it’s Stephen Goldsmith. He failed to defend JSK when an onslaught of media manufactured criticism descended on her and the various innovative projects. His call for “balance” only gave critics the opening they thirsted for. Thank god Howie Wolf sprang up to defend one of the Mayor’s signature policies

  • DopeSmith

    Privatize parking meters??? That is a completely ridiculous and assisine idea……Who would issue summonses to expired meters? City cops  on city payroll? why would city employees be involved in making sure private vendors get their $$$$? Talk about an unbelievably easy recipe for pure corruption between private businessmen and public officials.Shortsighted ideas from the so-called reinventer of govt? Sounds like an old Tamany scheme to me…

  • DopeSmith

    Privatize parking meters??? That is a completely ridiculous and assisine idea……Who would issue summonses to expired meters? City cops  on city payroll? why would city employees be involved in making sure private vendors get their $$$$? Talk about an unbelievably easy recipe for pure corruption between private businessmen and public officials.Shortsighted ideas from the so-called reinventer of govt? Sounds like an old Tamany scheme to me…

  • DopeSmith

    Privatize parking meters??? That is a completely ridiculous and assisine idea……Who would issue summonses to expired meters? City cops  on city payroll? why would city employees be involved in making sure private vendors get their $$$$? Talk about an unbelievably easy recipe for pure corruption between private businessmen and public officials.Shortsighted ideas from the so-called reinventer of govt? Sounds like an old Tamany scheme to me…

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