Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza installed a longtime Mayor de Blasio loyalist as his chief of staff Wednesday and took pains to explain her promotion was his decision — not the mayor’s.
Former deputy chief of staff Edie Sharp, 34, who had worked for de Blasio since he was public advocate, landed a $30,000 raise with the new role, upping her salary to $165,000.
Sharp has worked for the city since 2011 but just started at the Education Department in 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile.
When reporters tweeted her new gig might be due to the influence of de Blasio, Carranza responded.
“Absolutely no story here,” he tweeted. “I make my own decisions. My new Chief of Staff is an outstanding professional many CEOs would be proud to hire. Proud that I had the opportunity to hire her in this role.”
Carranza, 51, was de Blasio’s second choice to lead the city schools after Miami schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho rejected the job offer he had already accepted on live TV.
Carvalho later hinted that one reason he backed out of the job was that he wouldn’t be able to choose his own staff.
Carranza sought to dispel the notion that any such interference was at play in Sharp’s promotion.
Sharp takes over for Ursulina Ramirez, who was serving as chief of staff as well as chief operating officer for the city schools. Ramirez will keep her role as COO.