DR-Born Former Immigrant Commissioner Now Bloomberg Campaign Staffer

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CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Aug. 13, 2009: Former New York City`s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Dr. Guillermo Linares, may have lost his bid to get on the ballot for a council seat, but he was yesterday named to a top post in the Mike Bloomberg mayoral re-election campaign.

The Bloomberg Campaign Wednesday announced that Linares has joined the Bloomberg Campaign as a senior advisor, with a focus on the Latino vote. 

`Dr. Linares will focus on Latino strategy and outreach,` said a campaign statement.  `He will speak on the mayor`s behalf regularly and work with both Latinos and other communities across the five boroughs to help increase the Mayor`s share of the Latino vote and support from emerging voting blocs.` 

`I am extremely excited to join the Bloomberg Campaign and play an active, daily role in letting Latinos throughout New York City know who the best candidate is in this race,` said Dr. Linares. `I know this city like the back of my hand and I`m going to bring all of my expertise, energy and relationships to helping re-elect Mike Bloomberg.`

The Dominican Republic-born Linares was appointed by the Mayor Bloomberg as the Commissioner of the Mayor`s Office of Immigrant Affairs of the City of New York in 2004 and served in this post until earlier this year. 

He resigned his post last month to run for the 10th councilmatic seat but lost a bid to get on the ballot.

Linares has been replaced in the post by Fatima A. Shama, who was yesterday handpicked by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as Commissioner of the Mayor`s Office of Immigrant Affairs.  She is of Palestinian and Brazilian ancestry.

Mayor Bloomberg is being opposed in his re-election bid by New York City comptroller, Bill Thompson, an African-American with Caribbean roots.

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