De Blasio hires an aide to Mark-Viverito

Mayor de Blasio. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
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Mayor Bill de Blasio is bringing on a former top aide to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's transition, four sources told Capital.

Jon Paul Lupo, who worked as a paid consultant to Mark-Viverito during her bid to become speaker, will serve in the mayor's legislative affairs division, the sources said.

In his new role, Lupo will negotiate bills with the council on de Blasio's behalf.

The hire further solidifies the strong bond between the new executive and legislative branches at City Hall, after Mark-Viverito won the speakership with the explicit backing of de Blasio.

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De Blasio's press aides declined comment on Lupo's hire.

Lupo worked in the administration of former Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, before taking a job with the current mayor during the general election last year.

He was then hired to help Mark-Viverito secure victory in the Jan. 8 election of the 51 council members, a win she clinched after de Blasio personally called members to lobby on her behalf.

Lupo also assisted in recent weeks as she selected committee chairs, which appear to reward supporters of the new speaker, as Capital reported on Tuesday night.

Lupo will work for Emma Wolfe, de Blasio's director of intergovernmental affairs and a key player in de Blasio's push to help Mark-Viverito win the speaker's race.

"His job would be to negotiate bills," said one source briefed on the hire. "During Bloomberg, that role was always to push back, water down legislation. If he ran Melissa Mark-Viverito's transition and picked committee assignments, where is his allegiance going to be?"

Another source said, "I was told that he is an Emma disciple and a Brooklyn guy who was very helpful during the mayor's race."

De Blasio criticized former speaker Christine Quinn for her alliance with former mayor Michael Bloomberg, but has said his own close ties to Mark-Viverito are different.