Gov. Kathy Hochul hires de blasio’s ex- staffers for key posts

ALBANY — Although Mayor Bill de Blasio’s flirtation with running for governor is drawing laughs, Hizzoner is getting a consolation prize: his former aides are already running state government without him.

Gov. Kathy Hochul appears to be hiring from a pretty select pool of candidates — people who previously worked for the outgoing mayor — elevating ex-City Hall staffers to key position in Albany including top spots such as state operations director, health commissioner and advisors tied to her 2022 gubernatorial reelection campaign. 

Her first big ex-de Blasio hire came when she secured Kathyrn Garcia as her new director of State Operations — a massive role in

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