City hall staffers regularly coordinated with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 re-election campaign, according to emails released Thursday.
Sal Albanese, a Democrat who lost to de Blasio in 2017, said, “It’s clear the mayor used City Hall staff to bolster his campaign fundraising, including having high-level city officials hobnob with potential big donors and made attempts to hide it.”
In December 2016, de Blasio asked his campaign and City Hall staff to coordinate a meeting with a donor and tried to include a deputy mayor in the fundraising effort.
“Steve Mostyn is in town from Dallas,” de Blasio wrote to his City Hall scheduler and deputy finance director.
“Mayor wants an hour w him and wants Herminia to stop by to say hi at the front of [sic] back end,” wrote his campaign finance director, Elana Leopold, in reference to then Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Hermania Palacio.