New Yorkers in D.C. - New Yorkers in the Biden Administration


Janet Yellen.Kriston Jae Bethel for The New York Times


Tomorrow, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will become the 46th president of the United States. And among those poised to have major influence on the new administration’s policies are several people with connections to New York City.


They include Avril D. Haines, who is Mr. Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence and who was raised in Manhattan and attended Hunter College High School, and the Brooklyn-born Chuck Schumer, who is set to become the first Senate majority leader from New York.


On Monday, Mr. Biden named Polly Trottenberg, who resigned from her post as the city’s transportation commissioner in December, as his pick for deputy transportation secretary.

Others who may figure prominently:


Janet L. Yellen

If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Yellen would become the first female Treasury secretary, taking the mantle of the department as the pandemic continues to devastate many parts of the economy.


Ms. Yellen was born in Brooklyn in 1946 and raised in Bay Ridge. She was the valedictorian at Fort Hamilton High School in 1963. She wrote in the school newspaper that her hobbies included “attending Off Broadway theater, eating, riding the 69 St. Ferry, exploring New York City, and reading philosophy so that I can write unpopular essays.”


Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

Dr. Fauci will continue as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert under Mr. Biden, and he will also become a chief medical adviser to the president.


In the past year, as Dr. Fauci became one of the faces of the country’s pandemic response, it was hard to miss his Brooklyn accent. Dr. Fauci grew up in an Italian enclave in Bensonhurst. As a boy, he delivered prescriptions for his parents’ pharmacy, and he was captain of the basketball team at Regis High, an elite Jesuit school in Manhattan.


Antony Blinken

Mr. Blinken, the president-elect’s pick for secretary of state, grew up on the Upper East Side and attended the Dalton School, a Manhattan private school, before moving to France. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School and practiced law in New York.


Deanne Criswell

Last week, Mr. Biden named Ms. Criswell, the commissioner of New York City’s Emergency Management Department, to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


In recent years, FEMA has grappled with the coronavirus, wildfires, hurricanes and the devastating effects of climate change.


In New York City, Ms. Criswell directed the city’s response last year to powerful storms like Tropical Storm Isaias, as well as extreme heat and blackouts.

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