David Seifman to be named political editor at ‘New York Post’

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David Seifman interviewing Anthony Weiner. (Azi Payabrah)
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The New York Post is undergoing a seismic shift on its politics desk following a recent bloodletting that reduced the newsroom's headcount by about two dozen.

David Seifman, the Post's longtime City Hall bureau chief, is said to be in the process of transitioning to political editor at the paper, Capital has learned.

Seifman's promotion hasn't been announced internally yet, but sources described it as an open secret and said he's already been training for his new role in recent days.

The move seems a logical step given Seifman's seniority on the Post's political team, for which he's been covering City Hall since 1982. But it also puts a crucial city politics gig in play in the run-up to this fall's heated mayoral election.

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The political editor at the Post traditionally manages the entire political report at the national, state and city levels; Seifman has been devoted to City Hall.

"The question is, what are they gonna do with City Hall," said one source familiar with the matter. "Seifman's really well known and well-respected, but will he be disappearing from the lineup?"

Seifman did not immediately respond to requests for comment directed to his work phone number and email address Wednesday morning.

Several weeks ago, acting political editor Tom Topousis took one of the buyouts that were recently offered in an effort to trim the Post's editorial budget. (Thirteen newsroom employees were laid off in addition to the buyout takers.)

Topousis had been in the job since late 2010 when his predecessor, Gregg Birnbaum, abruptly resigned following a spat with editor-in-chief Col Allan.