Count-up Clock Tracks Days He’s Stonewalled. 448 Days Since Mayor Promised to Release Material.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee and the clear alternative to Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor, unveiled a new count-up clock on her website which is designed to tally the number of days since May 18, 2016; the date Mayor de Blasio said he would offer up, “a whole lot of evidence” that would prove that his administration always acted in the public interest. Assemblywoman Malliotakis called the clock, “A stark reminder that 448 days later, our ethically challenged mayor still hasn’t produced much to the media and the people except for some heavily redacted emails that show next to nothing.”
At the time of his pledge, Mayor de Blasio was under 5 separate investigations and promised that he would make public a list of all donors to his political campaign or non-profit efforts like the Campaign for One New York or individuals who had been asked to donate to other campaigns by the Mayor or his staff. In the nearly 15 months that have passed, Bill de Blasio has continually stonewalled the media and the people of New York on this and a host of other issues, including his travel and security costs paid by the city and whether members of the NYPD were instructed to clear the homeless from subway stations and trains that were to be used by Mayor de Blasio and his entourage.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Over the course of the last year or so, we’ve learned a lot about Bill de Blasio’s gym habits, his relationship with Governor Cuomo, his admiration of FALN leaders and most recently his fondness for naps. But, we still haven’t learned all the facts about the transactional approach to government that is a hallmark of the de Blasio administration.
“On May 18, 2016, Mayor de Blasio pledged to release lists of individuals who had contributed to either his political campaign or non-profit campaigns affiliated with him and who were either doing business with the city or were in talks about doing business with the city in the future. Mayor de Blasio has broken his word. To date, basically all that’s been released are emails between Mayor de Blasio and his so called ‘agents of the city’ which are so filled with redactions that the average reader might mistake them for emails dealing with national security issues.
“So, today we are rolling out a new feature on my campaign website. We’re calling it the Bill de Blasio Count-up Clock and its purpose is as an easy reference point so that interested parties can track the length of time Mayor de Blasio has been stonewalling the media and residents of our city.
“Bill de Blasio is up for reelection and the voters have a right to know whether the mayor and his staff have given preferential treatment to supporters of the mayor.”