By Neal Tepel
Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler will leave City government at the end of April for a position in the private sector. Skyler has been a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration since its inception in 2002, and previously served as the Press Secretary, Communications Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration.
“Ed Skyler was at my side during my first parade as a candidate in 2001 and hasn’t left since,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “He has served me and the City extraordinarily well for more than eight years”. “It has been a great honor and privilege to work for Michael Bloomberg for nearly 10 years,” said Skyler. I have devoted a lot of time and energy to making New York City work better throughout my career in government. Although I am ready for my next step, this experience is irreplaceable.”
As a Deputy Mayor, he oversaw four consecutive balanced and on-time City budgets; reached agreements with municipal labor unions to reduce pension and health costs; and struck the first negotiated contract with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association since 1994.
In 2008, he launched a successful construction safety reform effort and, in the aftermath of the tragic fire at the Deutsche Bank building, he developed a package of comprehensive reforms to improve the City’s oversight of construction, demolition and decontamination operations. He led the effort to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from City operations by 30 percent by 2017, and has played a key role in carrying out PlaNYC.
Skyler started his career in city government in 1995 working on the staff of a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Parks & Recreation. He was named Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commissioner Henry J. Stern in 1996 and became the agency’s Director of Public Information the following year. In 1999, he was appointed a Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
In 2000, Skyler joined in the Corporate Communications group of Bloomberg L.P before joining Mr. Bloomberg’s successful 2001 campaign for Mayor as its Press Secretary. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, which he attended at night, and is a member of the New York State Bar.