Last week, the National Institute for Latino Policy's Angelo Falcón—an irascible and astute observer of city politics—sent a letter raising concerns about the "marginal" appointments of Latinos to the incoming de Blasio administration.

Falcón, who had earlier complained about the relatively light representation of Latinos on de Blasio's 60-member transition team, was not satisfied with the appointment of Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to be the new deputy mayor for health and human services or of Gladys Carrión to run the Administration for Children's Services.

Over the weekend, LatinoJustice PRLDEF president and general counsel Juan Cartagena praised both those appointments as milestones for Latinos, then added: "But more than two Hispanic appointments from among 80 positions under mayoral control is needed. There is much to work with in the Latino community, a community with a lot of talent. So the new mayor cannot now rest in addressing the future of the city—a Latino future is in his hands."

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron had complained prior to the Carter selection, "Only Whites and Latinas have been selected [thus far]. Some from the Giuliani administration and Goldman-Sachs. So much for progressive!"

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