De Bla­sio emails show a ‘mi­cro­man­ager’ boss who at­tacks staff

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Leaked emails from in­side New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio’s of­fice show a man who ha­bit­u­ally be­rates his staff for in­ep­ti­tude.

The New York Post re­leased a batch of in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tions by Mr. de Bla­sio’s team this week, along with quotes by a source call­ing the Demo­crat an iras­ci­ble “mi­cro­man­ager” who be­lit­tles his staff. Emails show the mayor livid over re­ceiv­ing speeches with­out key words pho­net­i­cally spelled out.

“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,” the mayor wrote in one doc­u­ment. “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.”

A Feb. 6, 2015, email ti­tled “Guys, I’m fed up” lam­basted staff as “un­pro­fes­sional” for ig­nor­ing or­ders, the Post re­ported Tues­day.

“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 wrote. “And yet be­tween all of you, you haven’t fix (sic) the prob­lem, which is bluntly un­pro­fes­sional.”

De Bla­sio spokesman Eric Phillips told the news­pa­per that the mayor is “al­ways pro­fes­sional.”

“City gov­ern­ment is a fast-paced, de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ment and there’s prob­a­bly a good rea­son these anony­mous sources no longer work in City Hall,” Mr. Phillips added.


The New York Post re­leased a batch of in­ter­nal emails from Mayor Bill de Bla­sio’s of­fice this week. The Demo­crat ha­bit­u­ally be­rated his staff.

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