NEW YORK CITY-Robert Lieber, who spearheaded some of the Bloomberg administration’s biggest economic development projects, is leaving the public sector amid a very different climate than when he joined it. Where the economy and real estate market were booming as Lieber assumed the presidency of the New York City Economic Development Corp. in early 2007, both are still in the process of recovery as he winds down his tenure as deputy mayor for economic development. That has meant an agenda that has had to balance promoting economic diversity along with large-scale projects.

Lieber, who succeeded Daniel Doctoroff as deputy mayor for economic development in December 2007 after Doctoroff’s departure for the public sector, announced Wednesday that he’s joining Island Capital Group’s affiliated companies Anubis Advisors and C-III Capital Partners next month. A spokesman for the mayor’s office tells that no timetable has been devised yet for finding his successor.

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