De Blasio held private meeting for union pals in Cablevision clash
A meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio arranged to support his union canada goose outlet online uk pals in a beef with Cablevision was illegally closed to the public and The Post and may have violated city conflict of interest laws, the canada goose outlet store mayor own investigators reported Tuesday.
During the July 14 meeting at PS 66 in canada goose store Canarsie, de Blasio told members of the Communication Workers of America that “I am with canada goose outlet sale cheap canada goose you every step of the way” and “You can count on our support.”
But de Blasio who promised unprecedented transparency while campaigning stonewalled investigators canada goose outlet uk when they asked for transcripts or recordings of the meeting, and provided only redacted emails about the event, said Richard canada goose uk shop Condon, special commissioner of investigation for the city’s schools, and Mark Peters, head of the city Department of Investigation.
“SCI has no Canada Goose sale record of what the mayor and other participants actually official canada goose outlet said at the event. SCI requested recordings, transcripts or written accounts from the Office of the Mayor; none was received,” Condon and Peters said in a 13 page report.
The document also concluded that “some of the conduct described herein may violate the conflicts of interest provision of the New York City Charter.”
The meeting was arranged by the mayor’s office and reps from the CWA, who were involved in a nasty labor dispute with the cable giant.
But political gatherings are generally banned from public schools unless approved by the Department of Education, the report said.
Investigators Canada Goose Outlet said it was the mayor office that made the decision to bar the press. City officials and agencies must educate themselves on the rules and be careful to follow them,” Peters added.
While refusing uk canada goose to turn over canada goose outlet shop a transcript or recording of the mayor’s canada goose outlet reviews actual remarks, City Hall did provide a copy of his prepared comments under the heading: “Closed Press. Mayor Bill de Blasio. canada goose jacket outlet CWA Event.”
In the remarks, de Blasio pats himself on the back for his efforts on behalf of union workers.
“Negotiated in a respectful way with the AFT, 1199 and agreed to contracts that took care of the interests of workers,” he said.
“You are fighting cheap canada goose for all working men canada goose clearance and women. But the truth is you are fighting for all Americans. Because unions are bulwarks of progressivism in our nation today.”
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CWA was one of the first unions to endorse de Blasio.
Cashmere Manigault, 46, a 10 year employee of Cablevision, said at the time that the mayor clearly took the union’s side at the event, which the school’s principal described as “the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting” in an email.
De Blasio exited through the back entrance of the school without comment.
Investigators said Frankie Martinez Blanco, director of the mayor advance team, said in canada goose clearance sale an email how a Post photographer showed up at the event to take pictures of de Blasio and blocked it off but they caught him when he was pulling off (since the windows are clear). a statement the goose outlet canada night of the meeting, Cablevision accused de Blasio of using his office to favor political allies.
“We believe the mayor is canada goose outlet black friday simply repaying a political debt to [CWA political director] Bob Master and the CWA as well as the Working Families Party for supporting his election, and we call upon the mayor to stop acting against the interest of Cablevision employees by trying to force a union on those who do not want one,” the statement said. Cablevision also blasted de Blasio and the CWA for cooking up a canada goose outlet uk sale “secret political meeting” that “barred the public and the press, and then appeared to have not been Canada Goose online truthful about it.”
While running for mayor, de Blasio sided with CWA and sought to punish Madison Square Garden, owned by Cablevision CEO James Dolan.
The mayor office issued a statement Tuesday saying it would improve procedures without explaining why it didn turn over materials requested by its own investigators.
“We’ve reviewed the report’s findings and will improve our internal procedures to ensure the inadvertent mistake is not https://www.nationaalzweminstituuteindhoven.nl repeated,” said de Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell.