Mayor Eric Adams’ chief of staff, Frank Carone, is stepping down from his position at City Hall at the end of the year – a major blow to an administration still grappling with a crime spree, significant economic headwinds and hiring difficulties.
Carone said he will join the 2025 mayoral re-election campaign after leaving in January.
“That was always the plan. The plan was always to make the transition, it was a full-time job, and then stay a year and a half,” Carone told the Post in a phone interview Monday.
“My job would be to build a team and a culture and make sure we handle the drama calmly. We stay calm. We don’t get nervous. We’re not upset,” he added.
Carone said he plans to take a long vacation in January and travel with his family.
“I really don’t know,” he said when asked what he’s going to do after that and if he has a job in sight.
The departure was first reported in the New York Times.
A longtime attorney for the Brooklyn Democratic Party, Carone served as Adams’ lead counsel on his transition team last fall.
“We had an agreement and he wanted to lay the groundwork for me. He did that and I thank him for his dedication over the years,” Adams told reporters outside City Hall late Monday.
Both Adams and Carone declined to say who would replace him – but Carone said City Hall is looking for candidates internally.
“There are some who might be up to the opportunity,” he said.
Carone’s departure comes amid reports that the city faces a potential $10 billion deficit in the coming years due to rising costs and dwindling government stimulus dollars.
The administration is also struggling to fill vacancies in the mayor’s office and in all municipal offices.
“I think we knew when he got the job that he was going to be around for a long time,” said one longtime employee. “He’ll benefit from some pretty substantial connections. I can’t imagine people with businesses out of town not wanting to hire him at every company he goes to.”
“I don’t think it was his thing,” added another veteran political strategist.
“It’s a very hands-on job, you’re at the core of government and it’s crises, and that’s not really Frank.”
“And now he can make a lot of money and I’m sure he will still advise the mayor.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/19/mayor-eric-adams-top-aide-frank-carone-to-depart-by-years-end/ Mayor Eric Adams’ top adviser, Frank Carone, will depart at the end of the year