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Friday, August 21, 2020
Bill de Blasio’s PATHETIC EXCUSES for His Wife’s $2 Million-a-Year Staff
First lady Chirlane McCray is assisted by 14 city workers, costing taxpayers $2 million a year. Mayoral Photography Office
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Nearly a third of New Yorkers may be out of work thanks to the pandemic and lockdowns, but first lady Chirlane McCray’s staff is … thriving. And Mayor Bill de Blasio’s excuse for it is beyond laughable.
“This work is about the needs of the people of this city especially in this crisis,” de Blasio said this week, pointing to her running of his “racial equity” task force as well as (he’s so shameless) the universally criticized ThriveNYC mental health debacle.
Yet many staffers plainly aren’t doing crisis work. One is a $70,000-a-year videographer (paid via the Health Department!) who recorded the first lady baking cookies during the pandemic.
Another is a $143,000-a-year PR director — whose job, by definition, is to boost her image, not to serve the public. Same for her $65,000 “associate director of advance.”
Mayor de Blasio defends his wife’s $2 million staff as essential to COVID-19 response
Taxpayers may get some value from others on her staff, like the special assistant from the mayor’s office who makes $115,000, and the $130,000 “executive program specialist” from the Department of Social Services — after all, someone has to actually supervise the programs that McCray is nominally in charge of.
Another sign of corruption: The mayor imposed a hiring freeze early this year — but McCray still got to bring on a new $150,000-a-year senior adviser in April, who somehow got classified as an essential worker.
Essential to the first family’s hopes of continued taxpayer support after term limits forces the mayor out of office, maybe. This naked abuse of his public trust puts the lie to all de Blasio’s endless moral sanctimony.