Former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota heads to NYU

Former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota heads to NYU

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NEW YORK (AP) -

The former GOP candidate for mayor of New York City has been appointed chief of staff at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

Joe Lhota's appointment was announced Friday. He will service as senior vice president, vice dean and chief of staff. Lhota lost the mayoral election to Democrat Bill de Blasio.

NYU said Lhota will report to the dean and CEO. He will be responsible for managing activities at the academic medical center and will serve as an adviser on policy and management issues. He will also oversee the hospital's emergency preparedness and business plans.

Lhota said in a statement he was excited to join the talented NYU team. He replaces Anthony Shorris, who left to serve as a deputy mayor for de Blasio.

Lhota is a former head of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority and deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani.

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