“It’s an honor to serve a mayor and an administration dedicated to achieving big things,” Ragone, 43, of San Francisco, said in a news release issued by de Blasio’s office. “New Yorkers have waited 20 years for this progressive moment, and it’s our charge to deliver. I know what it takes to turn an opportunity like this into real, lasting change. We’ll be focused on leaving no ally, no resource, and no tool idle as we seize this moment.”
Ragone might be best known for his time as then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s press secretary; he has continued to advise Newsom during his tenure as lieutenant governor. But Ragone is a native New Yorker, and cut his teeth working alongside de Blasio for Andrew Cuomo – then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, and now New York’s governor. He later led communications for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign in New York and California, and for Cuomo’s 2002 gubernatorial bid.