We all remember when Mayor Bloomberg appointed Cathy Black to be Schools Chancellor. She was thoroughly unqualified for the position. It may come as a surprise that, currently, the only City Department Commissioner who has to be confirmed by the City Council is the Investigations Commissioner.
It is vital that we make sure that New York City is led by people who are, in an eminent degree, endowed with the requisite qualifications. That is why I would work to amend the City Charter to make all Department-Level Commissioner appointments be subject to the advice and consent of the City Council with the aim of more transparency and accountability in our government.