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NYC Mayor Adams looks to tap ex-Giuliani aide Randy Mastro as administration's top lawyer, sources say

Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is looking to bring in Randy Mastro, a legal bulldog and veteran of the Giuliani administration, as his top lawyer, two sources told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

Mastro would replace Sylvia Hinds-Radix as the city government’s corporation counsel. She is expected to step down from her post.

The move comes amid a swirl of legal challenges for the Adams administration — ranging from a sexual misconduct suit against the mayor, a Democrat, to a federal probe into his campaign fundraising and policy disputes with the City Council.

“He’s an experienced litigator who knows city government and knows the courts,” a source with knowledge of the expected appointment said of Mastro.

The mayor was recently accused of sexual assault, a case in which the city Law Department has been representing him. Adams strongly denies the allegation.

Meanwhile, his 2021 campaign is facing an FBI investigation into allegations that the Turkish government pumped illegal foreign money into its coffers. Adams has not been accused of any wrongdoing in that probe.


The City Council is suing the Adams administration for declining to implement a set of new housing laws.

Mastro, an ex-federal prosecutor, is being eyed as Hinds-Radix’s replacement thanks to his litigation experience, according to the two sources.

They also said Hinds-Radix’s expected exit comes on the heels of disagreements she has had with top members of the Adams administration about sensitive legal matters.

Adams spokesman Fabien Levy wouldn’t confirm or deny Mastro’s expected appointment.


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