Mayor-Elect Adams Considers Close Friend and Brooklyn Litigator Frank Carone for Chief of Staff
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who is assembling the team that will stand behind him in City Hall in just over a month, is considering for his chief of staff: Frank Carone, who is a lawyer for the Brooklyn Democratic Party, Politico reported.
“Frank Carone is a trusted friend and adviser to mayor-elect Adams and will continue to be whether or not he is part of the new administration,” campaign adviser Evan Thies said in a statement.
Carone, a negotiator and litigator, who serves as the personal attorney of Adams, built up the law office of Abrams Fensterman, with the help of a wide network of political and legal connections in the borough.
If Carone joins Adams’ administration, the attorney would likely need to divest from his firm, which, even without his participation might carry the potential for conflicts of interest.
Depending on the personalities and the relationships between mayors and chiefs of staff, the top role in the administration can have varying levels of importance.
For instance, earlier chiefs of staff to Mayor Bill de Blasio were far less influential than current chief-of-staff Emma Wolfe, who has remained one of the mayor’s closest advisers.
The responsibilities of the mayor’s closest advisors range from considering and selecting ideas and proposals before they reach him: to monitoring and staying in communication with wide range of city agencies, said Peter Madonia, who served as chief of staff under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
About the idea of the selection of Carone for Adams’ chief of staff, Madonia said, “It’s because they know each other so well,” Madonia said. “That’s a person who can anticipate what the principal wants.”
(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)