- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing to fill out his administration.

He named two senior appointments on Tuesday.

Maria Torres-Springer will be the commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. She was an executive vice president at the city’s Economic Development Corporation under ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Dr. Ramanathan Raju (rah-muh-nah-THUHN’ rah-JOO’) will head the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation’s largest public hospital system. Raju previously held several positions there.

More recently, he’s overseen Chicago public hospitals. Raju led efforts there to expand Medicaid coverage a year ahead of the Affordable Care Act, bringing in new federal revenue.

De Blasio has chosen commissioners much more slowly than previous mayors. The heads of the fire, buildings and correction departments have yet to be named.

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