City Hall claims it solely had the victims’ greatest pursuits in thoughts, however the information that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s performing chief of workers was allowed to quietly resign with no public disclosure after substantiated claims of sexual harassment sure sounds like one other coverup.
This, in spite of everything, is an administration that has already accomplished its greatest to attempt to bury its #MeToo drawback.
Turns out Kevin O’Brien was pressured to resign final February after investigators discovered his account of the incidents “not credible” and really useful he be fired.
To its credit score, Team de Blasio acted rapidly as soon as it discovered of the allegations. But no public disclosure of the findings was ever made — not even that O’Brien had left the mayor’s payroll.
News solely leaked out now when The New York Times obtained a closely redacted report (with no particular particulars) by way of the Freedom of Information regulation.
After quitting (with six weeks of accrued trip time), O’Brien landed at Hilltop, the consulting agency headed by two of de Blasio’s “agents of the city” and that collected a whole lot of 1000’s of doing for the mayor’s campaigns and nonprofit. Was Hilltop serving to maintain the entire thing quiet, or did none of its friends at City Hall tip it off to why O’Brien had left?
Team de Blasio claims “making a spectacle of his resignation” would have helped determine the victims, who wish to stay nameless, and dissuaded victims in different instances from coming ahead. Perhaps.
But City Hall’s document right here isn’t good. It waited months, regardless of repeated requests, earlier than lastly ’fessing up final April that taxpayers had been pressured to shell out $6 million to settle 34 metropolis authorities harassment instances beneath de Blasio by 2017.
The mayor’s minions (who dumped the damning data late on a Friday) additionally disclosed that there have been 221 substantiated instances — together with 5 within the mayor’s personal workplace.
This administration, it appears, is all for transparency — so long as de Blasio’s not the one being publicly embarrassed.