FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG UNVEILS NEWLY RENOVATED OFFICE OF FEDERAL AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON
Bullpen-Style Renovation Cuts Costs and Fosters Productivity
City’s Washington Office Advances New Yorkers’ Agenda in Congress and Executive Branch;
Last Year Secured Nearly $6 Billion in Federal Funds
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today unveiled the newly renovated offices of the New York City Office of Federal Affairs in Washington, DC. District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who modeled his own City Hall office in a bullpen-style after visiting Mayor Bloomberg in New York, joined the Mayor in unveiling the office. The Office of Federal Affairs, established by Mayor John Lindsay, is charged with ensuring New Yorkers get their fair share of federal dollars and that policies made on Capitol Hill and in the White House address the needs of the nation’s largest city. Now transformed into the “bullpen” style-layout used in City Hall, as well as the Office of State Legislative Affairs in Albany, the DC office is now leaner in personnel and cost. In addition to reducing the physical footprint by more than two-thirds, the renovations include technology upgrades. The Mayor also introduced the new director of the office, William J. Daly. Bill began working for the city in 1986 and, in addition to a stint at the Social Security Administration, has served every New York City mayor since Mayor Ed Koch.
“Our Administration has a Federal legislative agenda that reflects the activity and energy of New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By transforming an antiquated office space into an open-door, transparent workplace, the City’s position in Washington D.C is strengthened by a more productive and effective team. I am also proud to introduce Bill Daly as our Director of Federal Legislative Affairs. Bill has been a great asset in advancing the City’s agenda in Washington and I know he will do an excellent job for the City.”
“I am honored that Mayor Bloomberg has chosen me to lead
the fight in D.C for our City,” said Director of Federal Legislative Affairs
Bill Daly. “The City’s place in our nation’s capital is essential in ensuring
that the people of New York have their voices heard, and this new office space
gives us a place from which we can make this happen. The Mayor has an ambitious
agenda in Washington and working together with the members of the New York
delegation we will be able to move it forward.”
The floor plan is not the only thing the Washington DC office has in common with the City Hall Bullpen. The Mayor’s “Make Every Day Count” countdown clock, reminding the Mayor and staffers how many days remain in the Mayor’s second term (791 Days) is posted here. Also, other signs of home have been placed in the redesigned office including: an authentic NYC park bench and park signs, official Department of Transportation “Welcome to New York City” sign, an official FDNY call box, and a fish tank containing a fighting fish.
New York City and Washington DC have long had a close working relationship particularly since Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia received Federal funds to build a transportation network that is the envy of many cities around the world. Today’s New York demands an aggressive legislative agenda that includes policies to keep our citizens safe, preserve a vibrant economy, expand affordable housing and protect our environment.
In Fiscal year 2006, the City’s efforts in Washington resulted in $5.7 billion in Federal funds. These funds support programs that provide daily necessary services to New Yorkers, and contribute to New York’s position as one of the most prosperous and safe cities in the world. The City’s legislative agenda includes:
Stu Loeser/Michael Levoff (212) 788-2958
Lindsay Ellenbogen (Federal Affairs) (202) 624-5908