Patricia Harris

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She was born on September 1st, 1956 and held the position of first deputy mayor for the city of New York from January 1st 2002 to December 31st 2013. Harris joined Michael Bloomberg’s administration when he was elected mayor in 2001, serving first as deputy mayor for Administration until 2005, when she was appointed first deputy mayor. Harris was the first woman in New York City’s history to serve in this role. Harris is known as a key trusted adviser to Bloomberg, and she weighs in on every major policy or personnel decision. She also advised the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, on administrative, operational and policy matters.

Harris currently serves as the CEO of Bloomberg´s philanthropic foundation, in this role, Harris oversees Bloomberg´s charitable giving, which he valued as a key component of his legacy. Michael Bloomberg is not only a politician but also a billionaire who has pledged to give away all of his wealth. As of 2016, Harris is listed as the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.

 

VOCABULARY

Deputy: 2nd person in charge or political representative.

Matters: concern, issues, subject, situation, substance, material, be important.

Oversee: to supervise, watch or monitor someone.

Charitable: relating to the assistance of those in need.

Until: up to a certain point in time.

Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.

Weights: unit of measurement.

 

QUESTIONNAIRE

What´s your point of view on Patricia Harris?

Do you think Michael Bloomberg really needs a woman like Patricia Harris?

 

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