Mayor-elect selects CUNY chancellor for transition team


CUNY Chancellor

Kayla Aaron

CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez was selected as a co-chair for New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams’s transition team.

“It’s a great honor to help @ericadamsfornyc as a co-chair for his transition team!” Matos Rodríguez said in a tweet. “As the first #CUNYAlumni to serve as mayor in 30 years, Adams brings an appreciation for the transforming power of quality public higher education.”

The co-chairs will oversee committees on public safety, education, tech, housing and economic development, The New York Post reported. It added that CUNY is looking for a double-digit increase in state and city funds amid declining enrollment.

“I think the CUNY chancellor is good symbolism in particular because we’ve seen enrollment declines in education, especially for communities of color and low-income communities,” political strategist Ken Lovett said. “Having him as a face of the transition is a good thing.”

Other co-chairs of the transition team include Goldman Sachs CFO Stephen Scherr, YMCA of Greater New York President and CEO Sharon Greenberger and League of Asian Americans of New York Chair David Lee.

“I’m proud of the diversity,” Adams said in an interview on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.” “We have a large number of people from the private sector, the business sector, those who are service providers.”

Another co-chair, Kyle Bragg, is the president of 32BJ, an organization thats mission is to “build and grow a diverse, effective, politically independent and democratic organization of workers to change our lives for the better, improve our communities, and build a more just society for present and future generations.”

32BJ represents more than 175,000 members and is the largest union of property workers in the U.S., according to its website.

Co-chair Steven Choi was named the executive director of One for Democracy on June 28. One for Democracy is an organization that is “a community of individuals and foundations that have taken a pledge to commit 1% of their assets or net worth to supporting democracy-related organizations and activities.”

Greenberger is the only female co-chair on the transition team. She has spent more than 20 years working in the private and public sectors in New York. Prior to joining the YMCA, she was the chief operating officer of the New York City Department of Education.

“I want to have people that are leading these agencies that understand that we must be compassionate, caring, empathetic to the people who are walking through our doors,” Adams said.

Adams will take office on Jan. 1, 2022.