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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has named Marisel Morales the new regional director for New York and New Jersey. She leaves her post as chief of staff to the city Office of the Sheriff to serve as the feds' liaison to mayors, city managers, local officials and tenants, the old job of freshman City Councilmember Bill DeBlasio. Before signing on with the sheriff, Morales spent two years working for the city Housing Authority, assisting with policy and working with tenant leaders and community groups….

Long-time occupational safety and health activist Deborah Nagin has left her post as a policy director at Mt. Sinai Hospital's Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Medicine Clinic to lead the city's Department of Health's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the largest such municipal program in the world….

In other shifts in the world of health, Yvonne Graham has been named deputy borough president in Brooklyn. A registered nurse, Graham most recently served as executive director of the Caribbean Women's Health Project….

Meanwhile, the Downtown Alliance has lost Sharon Greenberger, its vice president for economic development, to the Bloomberg administration. She will soon start as chief of staff to Dan Doctoroff, deputy mayor for economic development….

And Councilmember DeBlasio seems to be making workforce investment an important part of his platform: He recently hired the Fifth Avenue Committee/Brooklyn Workforce Innovations' Joshua Wallack to direct his legislative affairs.

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