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NYC Mayor Eric Adams defends selection of Frank Carone as chief of staff, again


Mayor Adams defended his decision to select high-powered attorney Frank Carone as his chief of staff on Wednesday after a recent report outlined new details on the top aide’s former representation of clients that now have business before the city.

“He has gone beyond the call of duty,” Adams said of Carone’s efforts to avoid conflicts of interest. “He had a lot of clients. And so if he had a lot of clients, then just about every area he’s going to have clients in.”

Carone, a partner at the politically plugged-in Abrams Fensterman law firm before coming to City Hall in January, once represented developers like the Fortis Property Group, which is pursuing a project on the Brooklyn waterfront that will require approvals from the city.

In a story published Tuesday, Politico also reported that he’s represented the SELA Group, a developer that’s now doing work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and that his former firm also represents clients like Northwell Health and Montefiore Medical Center, both of which are lobbying the administration.

Wednesday’s defense by Adams was not the first time the mayor has had to back up Carone.

After the Daily News reported in January that Carone managed a company embroiled in a contentious rent dispute, an Adams’ spokesman said that Carone had “gone above and beyond to avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest.”

“What limited stocks and real estate he owns with his wife are now in a blind trust,” Adams’ spokesman Max Young said at the time. Young told Politico that Carone recuses himself from any dealings at City Hall with former clients and notifies the counsel’s office.



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