Alumni Profile

Anthony Shorris
First Deputy Mayor, City of New York
MPA, Class of 1979
Anthony E. Shorris currently serves as first deputy mayor of New York City. Prior to that, he was vice dean, senior vice president and chief of staff of the New York University Langone Medical Center. Before serving at the Medical Center, Shorris was a member of the faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy. From 2003 to 2007, he taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he also directed the Policy Research Institute for the Region. He held the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy chair at Princeton from 2003 to 2004.
From 1984 to 1988, Shorris served as New York City's deputy budget director, acting as an architect of Mayor Edward I. Koch's Ten-Year Housing Plan. He would go on to serve as the City's Finance Commissioner from 1987 to 1989.
From 1991 to 1995, Shorris served as first deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersy. He subsequently served as the 11th executive director of the Port Authority from 2007 to 2008. During his tenure, the agency acquired Stewart Airport and continued the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. 
From 2000 to 2003, Shorris served as deputy chancellor for operations and policy at the Board of Education of the City of New York under chancellors Harold O. Levy and Joel I. Klein. In 2006 to 2007, he also led the development of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s education reform initiative while serving as senior policy advisor to the transition. He taught classes on education economics and policy during his tenure on the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Shorris's work on education, infrastructure and financial management has been published by the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Nation Magazine and the Century Foundation.