The New York Post has obtained a stash of emails sent by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the results are not flattering to the mayor.
The emails were reportedly released to the New York Post late last Friday, in response to a Freedom of Information request.
The Post reported on a portion of the emails Friday evening, revealing that two major donors to de Blasio’s campaign, who had later been accused of corruption and who De Blasio had claimed he barely knew, actually were quite cozy with the City Hall and the mayor.
In one email, sent directly to Mayor de Blasio on April 28, 2014, Jon Rechnitz, who later pleaded guilty to donating money in exchange for special treatment, requested to serve on a committee for “combat police corruption.”
Another email exchange revealed a huge special favor, when Rechnitz’s associate, Jeremy Reichberg, asked the first deputy mayor’s chief of staff for a $650,000 water bill on a Brooklyn building to be reduced. The NY Post reported that mayoral spokesman Eric Phillips admitted Friday that the bill was reduced to $125,304 “because of a meter defect.”
The Post stated that Reichberg donated $4,950 and bundled another $41,650, all for de Blasio’s campaign.
Additional details revealed that Rechnitz emailed the mayor frequently, communicating with him on both personal and business matters and requesting favors. Rechnitz donated $50,000 to de Blasio’s nonprofit, Campaign for One New York, another $102,300 toward de Blasio’s failed efforts to help Democrats win the Senate in 2014, and he and his wife both gave the maximum allowed – $9,900 – to de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign.
In April 2016, Mayor de Blasio told NBC’s “Meet the Press” regarding the two donors: “It’s not a particularly close relationship. I met them first around the time of the general election. I hadn’t known them previously, [and] really haven’t seen them in the last year or more. They supported the effort.”
On Monday, the New York Post made additional revelations about the emails, reporting that correspondence from de Blasio to his staff show he is a “bully of a boss who threatens his underlings with dire punishment if they fail to meet his demands.”
“What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?” he threatened in one 2015 diatribe.
“I’m not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won’t have my instructions ignored.”
“This is literally the 100th time I am reminding you all that phonetic spellings require one syllable to be capitalized to indicate emphasis in pronunciation,” de Blasio wrote in one furious message.
“I have no idea why you guys can’t get it. All of the folks in comms, speechwriting and my personal staff who looked at these remarks — it just takes ONE to catch it.”
“How can it be that none of you noticed the absence with the word Jeshurun. Work on quality control pls. Fix these remarks now pls. Example: pho-NET-ic,” he fumed.
In a follow-up email on Feb. 6, 2015 — with the screaming subject line, “Guys, I’m fed up…” — de Blasio blamed his staff for his verbal stumbles while delivering remarks in Spanish.
“I have raised the problem of inconsistency in providing phonetic pronunciation and in providing clearly delineated Spanish (with emphasis on the proper syllable) many, many times,” he fumed.
“And yet between all of you, you haven’t fix (sic) the problem, which is bluntly unprofessional.”
One unnamed City Hall insider reportedly told the Post, “He’s condescending and arrogant. I’ve been in plenty of meetings with him. He’s known to kick staff out of meetings.”
The insider further explained, “Part of it stems from the fact that he used to be a political operative and he thinks he can outmaneuver his aides,” blaming his rages on being a “micro-manager” who has no confidence in his staff.
A former campaign staffer said of de Blasio, “I used to talk to the guy, and he talked down to me every single time. He would consistently speak to me in a condescending tone that was just offensive.”
Another former employee from the City Hall admitted that de Blasio regularly blasts staff with messages such as, “You are screwing up!” and the “ball is in your court.”
The NY Post reported that it reached out to other current and former staffers who received the “blistering” emails, but they refused to comment on the matter.
De Blasio may be good at dishing it out, but he fled in haste recently when one city resident caught him in a residential area announcing funding for new sidewalks and went after him on a rant over his recent trip to Europe to protest President Trump.
“I want to know why you let your police officers down and our country down by going to Germany and protesting against our country,” she demanded.
“I don’t care about the trees!” she yelled. “Pay your police officers and stop spending it on money to go protest against our country!”
As the controversy over de Blasio’s trip to Germany to protest Trump at the G20 summit, while skipping the funeral of a New York police officer in order to make the trip, heated up, he defended himself by blaming police union leaders for criticizing him, stating they were just trying to “politicize” the death of the officer.
De Blasio also got into a huge debate recently with New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo over who should be responsible for funding the repair of the city’s transit system.
A recent proposal from his office to make repairs to the city subway was to create a huge tax hike on New Yorkers.
According to de Blasio press spokesman, Eric Phillips, the new tax would fund a “long-term fix” for the city’s subway system. It includes funding for improvements to the subway signal system, track repairs and reduced fares for some New Yorkers.The tax would target the wealthy residents of New York, to the tune of nearly $800 million annually. The city’s tax rate on individuals making more than $500,000 a year, and married couples earning above $1 million, would rise from 3.876 percent to 4.41 percent, a .5 percent increase.
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