Barry Sullivan has his work cut out for him. As New York City's deputy mayor for finance and economic development, Sullivan's primary task is to help reverse five years of economic decline, which began with the stock market crash of 1987 and continues with a recession that has yet to hit bottom.

But according to the city's business elite, no one is better suited for the job. Sullivan was appointed to the post in March by Mayor David N. Dinkins, who acted on the advice of the New York City Partnership and David Rockefeller, former chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank.

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