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NEW YORK — The administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen a former officer and executive with the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions to run the city’s new anti-poverty office, the Office of Financial Empowerment.

According to an announcement from the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, Cathie Mahon will work with the Department to protect the city’s poor from predatory lending practices, launch public awareness campaigns, line up financial service providers to work in low-income neighborhoods and identify best asset building strategies.

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