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NYC Mayor Picks Karen Hinton as His New Press Secretary

Surrounded by community members and staff, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks during a news conference in the Bronx in New York, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Surrounded by community members and staff, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks during a news conference in the Bronx in New York, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK—€”€”After a three-month search, Mayor Bill de Blasio has hired a new press secretary—€”and she has ties to his frequent political rival, Gov. Andrew...




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