De Bla­sio Con­tin­ues to Post­pone His Donor List’s Re­lease

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Rebecca Gold

On Fri­day, Au­gust 11, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said he “has to find the time” to pro­vide a list of cam­paign donors who didn’t re­ceive fa­vors from City Hall. He made a prom­ise in May 2016 to re­lease this in­for­ma­tion, which he keeps find­ing ways to post­pone.

Dur­ing his weekly ap­pear­ance on WYNC ra­dio, the mayor com­mit­ted to a dead­line for the re­veal­ing of the long-awaited list that the mayor called “a pretty small thing in the scheme of things.”

He was first asked if he could pro­vide the list be­fore the Demo­cratic pri­mary, to which he re­sponded, “I com­mit to pub­lish­ing an op-ed, and I have to find the time to do it, and I will try to do it as soon as pos­si­ble.”

De Bla­sio fi­nally re­sponded say­ing, “Sure,” when Lehrer asked if he could at least guar­an­tee the list by Novem­ber 7, the gen­eral elec­tion.

How­ever, the mayor would pro­vide no ex­act dates. He said, “I am not go­ing to get into the mi­cro-man­age­ment of the oped. It’s a small thing, but I will get it done.”

On Thurs­day, Au­gust 10, the mayor’s GOP chal­lenger, As­sem­bly­woman Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis, crit­i­cized the ad­min­is­tra­tions lack of trans­parency and re­vealed a “count-up” clock to track how many days have passed since the prom­ise to re­lease the donor list was made by de Bla­sio.

The Post re­ports, “On May 18, 2016, de Bla­sio promised to re­lease ex­am­ples of a ‘stun­ning num­ber of donors and sup­port­ers’ to his 2013 cam­paign and now-shut­tered po­lit­i­cal non­profit who came away empty-handed. Af­ter mak­ing the ini­tial pledge, the mayor pushed back the time­line un­til fed­eral and state in­ves­ti­ga­tors com­pleted their in­quiries into his fundrais­ing prac­tices, which they did in March 2017. On April 19, de Bla­sio said he still planned to re­lease the list — but said it would likely be pub­lished in the form of an op-ed by the end of that month.”

How­ever, the pro­duc­tions of it has yet to be seen.

“I com­mit to pub­lish­ing an op-ed, and I have to find the time to do it, and I will try to do it as soon as pos­si­ble.”

A year and a half has nearly passed since Mayor Bill de Bla­sio promised to re­lease the list of his donors.

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