Newly revealed emails between Mayor Invoice de Blasio and a corrupt donor increase some troubling questions. Comparable to: What else has been stored from the general public?
The brand new dialogue between de Blasio and donor Jona Rechnitz emerged Tuesday in a submitting within the trial of Rechnitz pal Jeremy Reichberg and ex-NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant. These emails, and others revealed final week, ought to have been a part of a batch the mayor launched after a request from The Submit and different media.
In a single, he tells Rechnitz he “wants” him to “settle for the place I provided you.” He indicators off, “Love you brother.” Which simply provides to reams of proof refuting the mayor’s declare that he wasn’t near him and Reichberg. (An aide Wednesday advised The Submit de Blasio gained’t say what place he provided Rechnitz or whether or not he nonetheless pretends he barely knew him.)
Earlier “new” emails confirmed Rechnitz providing the mayor Knicks seats and urging him to get a high police official to not stop.
Why weren’t these messages disclosed earlier than? De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips claims none had been “within the metropolis’s possession.”
So somebody (the mayor?) deleted them.
De Blasio & Co. argue that metropolis officers aren’t required to maintain such emails.
That’s debatable. But if the legislation is ambiguous, it wants fixing. Anyway, Reinvent Albany’s John Kaehny says he was advised the town has been engaged on a brand new electronic mail retention coverage since 2014.
Discuss unhealthy religion.
In the meantime, de Blasio’s “method to electronic mail may be very totally different” now, he admits. “We do quite a bit much less . . . having discovered from all these experiences.”
This, from a man who as soon as vowed to be “essentially the most clear” mayor ever.