Mayor Adams declined to say if he expected First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo to resign in the coming months, despite being revealed the day before that she’s likely to leave around the same time Adams’ Chief of Staff Frank Carone does.
Carone said on Monday that he will leave the administration at the end of the year to concentrate on the mayor’s re-election campaign in 2025.
Soon after, insiders familiar with City Hall’s inner workings disclosed that Lorraine Grillo, Adams’ first deputy mayor, is also expected to leave before the end of the year.
Adams declined to comment on the subject on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to go into private conversations with our team,” Adams said.
“Lorraine has spent so many years in government. She has been an amazing anchor, and I was proud to have her join the team with her experience,” Adams added.
Grillo was the director of the city’s School Construction Authority before entering Adams’ administration.
Sheena Wright, Adams’ deputy mayor for strategic initiatives, is vying for Grillo’s job, according to sources familiar with the situation, who claim Wright is less qualified than Grillo and other top City Hall staffers like Maria Torres-Springer, deputy mayor for economic and workforce development, or Anne Williams-Isom, deputy mayor for health and human services.
According to the sources, Wright has less experience in government.
She was previously the president and CEO of the United Way of New York City.