Mayor Eric Adams’ chief of staff Frank Carone is stepping down from his role at City Hall by the year’s end – a major blow to an administration that’s still grappling with a crime wave, significant economic headwinds and hiring difficulties.
Carone said he will join the mayor’s 2025 re-election campaign after he departs in January.
“This was always the plan. The plan always was to run the transition, it was a full-time job, and then stay a year and a half,” Carone told The Post in a phone interview on Monday.
“My job would be to build a team and build a culture and make sure we had a calm way about handling drama. We stay calm. We don’t get nervous. We don’t get upset,” he added.
Carone said he plans to take a long vacation in January and travel with his family.
“I truly don’t know,” he said when asked what he will do after and whether he has a job lined up.
A longtime Brooklyn Democratic Party lawyer, Carone served as Adams’ chief counsel on his transition team last fall.
“We had an agreement and he was gonna set the foundation for me. He did that and I thank him for his year of commitment,” Adams told reporters outside City Hall late Monday.
Both Adams and Carone declined to say who would replace him – but Carone said City Hall is looking internally at candidates.
“There are some who could rise to the occasion,” he said.
Carone’s departure comes amidst reports that the city is facing a potential $10 billion deficit in the years to come thanks to rising costs and federal stimulus dollars drying up.
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The administration is also struggling to fill spots in the mayoralty and across city agencies.
“I think we knew when he took the job he was going to be staying long,” said a longtime operative. “He’s going to cash in on what are pretty sizable connections. I can’t imagine that people with business in front of the city won’t want to hire him at whatever firm he goes to.”
“I don’t think it was his thing,” added another veteran political strategist.
“It’s a very hands-on job, you’re in the nitty gritty of government and it’s crises and that’s not really Frank.”
“And now he can go make a lot of money and I’m sure he’ll still advise the Mayor.”