New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has hired a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve as his senior advisor.

Peter Ragone, who worked with de Blasio at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development when Cuomo ran the agency during the Cuomo administration, was one of six new appointees announced by the new mayor earlier today.

“These are leaders who understand real change doesn’t come from the top-down, it starts from the bottom-up,” de Blasio said in a statement. “They will help us bring our progressive agenda straight to the people, and mobilize within communities so we work together to take on challenges like addressing inequality. From community centers in the Rockaways to the halls of Congress, we will be focused on bringing New Yorkers together to make change.”

Ragone is not a stranger to the state Capitol ot New York politics. He is a UAlbany grad and also worked at the state Democratic Party when Judith Hope was chair. He led communications for then-Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 New York and California presidential campaign.

More recently, Ragone served as press secretary to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, playing a key role in crafting major policy issues ranging from same-sex marriage to universal healthcare to homelessness. Ragone has continued to advise Newsom in his new role as lieutenant governor of California. Since 2007, he has been a principal of PWR, LLC, a public affairs consultancy.

Along with Ragone, de Blasio also hired:

– Bill Chong, currently the Department for the Aging’s Deputy commissioner for Program Operations, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development.

– Marco A. Carrión to lead the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. Carrion worked as director of New York City Intergovernmental Affairs under former Gov. David Paterson, served as chief of staff to Sen. Gustavo Rivera, and most recently was political director of the NYC Central Labor Council.

– Mindy Tarlow, who most recently served as executive director and CEO of the Center for Employment Opportunities, will be director of the Office of Operations.

– Max Sevillia to lead federal legislative affairs. Sevillia served as director of Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, he helped secure the Senate’s support for the most robust immigrant integration proposal in decades, as well as confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. He also worked as counsel to Rep. Jerry Nadler.

– Sherif Soliman to lead state legislative affairs. Since 2006, Soliman has served as communications director of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System. He also worked as as an assistant legislative representative in former Mayor Bloomberg’s state legislative affairs office. He’s a SNUY Oneonta grad.