The Diva of Downtown

With her gaudy campaign chest and indelicate manners, Lisa Goodman acts like she runs City Hall. Maybe she does.

Given Goodman's fiscally conservative streak, it's likely that the post will be hers for as long as she wants it. But it's unclear how long Goodman wants to stay in her job. She professes no desire to be mayor--it would be a step down in power--but she hints that she might not remain in office much longer.

Craig Lassig

"These have been the best years of my life," Goodman says. "But I could make three times what I'm making in the private sector. I gave a shot at public service. But people like me could get a job doing 20 other things."

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