De Blasio aides pressures council members to withdrawal objections to city budget

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From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio likes outspoken Democrats — until they criticize him.

Top mayoral aides pressured nearly a dozen City Council members who signed a letter critical of de Blasio’s fiscal 2019 executive budget this week, in an attempt to get them to withdraw their opposition, sources said.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Emma Wolfe, and legislative affairs director, Jeff Lynch, put the squeeze on legislators both by phone and in person — even threatening to pull the mayor’s political support down the road if they persisted, council sources said.

“When you’re forced to start using pressure tactics to protect your $89 billion boondoggle, you’ve clearly abandoned the high road,” said Reginald Johnson, a spokesman for Bronx Councilman Mark Gjonaj, who crafted the anti-budget letter signed by 27 members.

It’s a budget built on the backs of struggling homeowners, renters and business owners by raising property taxes by $1.6 billion, neglecting the city’s reserves, doing little to help the neediest with access to affordable mass transit — and it comes complete with [drug] injection sites and neighborhood prisons,” he added.

“Good luck selling that to New Yorkers.”

Ironically, it was only last month that the mayor criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for engaging in a similar pressure tactic, when he allegedly twisted the arms of elected officials in a bid to have them skip an anti-Cuomo rally.

“You shouldn’t threaten organizations that are doing good work at the community level because they have different political views,” the mayor said in mid-April. “That’s the kind of things that happened in dictatorships, not in democracies.”

Council members, who have been on an independent streak since electing Corey Johnson as their speaker in January, said that same logic should apply to the mayor’s strong-arm tactics against them.

“An administration that professes to be progressive should have greater respect for the free conscience of council members,” said Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, chair of the new Oversight and Investigation Committee.

“The role of council members is to advocate for what’s best for the public, not to do the bidding of our mayor,” added Torres. “Bill de Blasio is the mayor, not the messiah. We are independent council members, not his disciples.”

With a majority of members having signed the letter, this year’s budget battle is shaping up to be more acrimonious than usual.

City Hall officials said any phone calls made to council members are part of normal budget talks. “It’s our job to lobby other elected officials for the benefit of New Yorkers,” City Hall spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said.

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15 responses to “De Blasio aides pressures council members to withdrawal objections to city budget

  1. Love the popcorn bunny! 😀

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  2. Michael J. Garrison

    I was gonna ask, Doc. Can we get an opinion from the rabbit??

    (more salt? more butter? better movie to watch?)

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  3. Deblasio is a communist and a bum. So it’s no wonder good politicking is not his forte. Unfortunately, I very much fear that a repeat of the 1970’s is coming, and it might be sooner than we think: Bloomberg already socked us all with a 25% property tax hike—in one shot.
    NYC should repeal its term-limits law and re-elect Rudy Giuliani again. He was the only man in my lifetime born for the job. I didn’t like everything he did, but he had a brain, unlike Mayor Doofus. Sigh….

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  4. More liberal mental illness. I feel like a broken record/CD/Mp3. lol

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  5. “The mayor’s chief of staff, Emma Wolfe, and legislative affairs director, Jeff Lynch, put the squeeze on legislators both by phone and in person — even threatening to pull the mayor’s political support down the road if they persisted, council sources said.”

    I’m thinking this is a GOOD thing – hope the legislators persist and call their bluff.

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  6. How is this POS still there? How did he get there? I’ve known a lot of New Yorkers and I have never thought them naive. This is just more of the same old stage play that is repeated endlessly. We are to be spectators while these self-serving pieces of filth decide for us.

    That was a great “Messiah” comment. This is the same issue Obongo had when his owners got him installed. He set about “ruling” as if he had been given carte blanc to discipline Whitey. Oh yeah, did I mention that Whitey was supposed to pay for it all?

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  7. This kind of pressure and in-fighting has been going on recently (per local news coverage) in local politics here as well… I wonder if it’s been ordained from the DNC to help control the herd?

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  8. Once a bully, always a bully. Not so very long ago, the NYPD were ready to arrest Hillary because of videos they saw on Weiners laptop. They were prevented. Since he is their boss…….as usually he isn’t on the American team. I wish someone would expose those videos.

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  9. I’m glad I’m not a New Yorker!

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