Last week, Bill de Blasio appointed Dr. Mary Basset as Health Commissioner. This was an interesting move given that she previously worked as deputy commissioner in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene alongside Bloomberg. However, it is in line with Blasio’s promise to “continue” the work on his predecessor’s health agenda.
Blasio said that in terms of NYC health, this was one of the few areas that he felt the same as Bloomberg (the one who put the ban on over-sized sodas). And thus he explained, “it’s only fitting that we’ve reached out to someone who was one of the architects of these successful policies.”