Keeping the Bloomberg-Wilpon connection going, the Mets announced last week that they had hired one of the former mayor’s top officials.
Haeda Mihaltses of Bayside, Bloomberg’s director of intergovernmental affairs for 12 years, was named by the Mets as executive director of external affairs, a new position created by the baseball franchise.
In her new job, which becomes effective on March 3, Mihaltses will be the Mets’ liaison with city, state and federal officials and oversee relations with the community.
As part of her job with the city, she was responsible for the city’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Staten Island and spent three months there coordinating efforts.
Bloomberg was responsible for getting the controversial Willets Point $3 billion redevelopment program passed. One of the two developers is the real estate arm of the Mets.
The project calls for building a large mall and garage on the Mets’ parking lot and constructing shops, restaurants, offices and more on 126th Street, across from Citi Field.
Before working in the Mayor’s Office, Mihaltses spent 15 years with the City Council’s Finance Division, ultimately serving as director, where she led negotiations for adopting the city budget.
She serves on the Queens Library’s Board of Trustees and is a national board member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ladies Philoptochos Society.
Mihaltses is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned her BA and MA degrees.