Mayor Bill de Blasio, May 4, 2016. Coveted city appointments were doled out by de Blasio to big money donors on a spreadsheet obtained by the Daily News. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Mayor de Blasio knows how to work the system. He knows how to attract money and he knows how to return the favors. It is “well choreographed,” according to the New York Daily News as described in the article that follows.
EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio doled out city appointments from shady spreadsheet of big campaign donors
All told the elite list includes 97 names. It’s not clear how many were offered positions, but at least 43 accepted at least one appointment. Several got more than one.
The list includes the well-known such as actors Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon and Anna Deavere Smith. Most are lesser knowns who regularly do business with the city.
All told 28 candidates wound up on the board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the nonprofit run by his wife, Chirlane McCray. Some also got slots on the mayor’s committee that unsuccessfully sought to bring the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn.
Others won appointments to the city’s Economic Development Corp. board, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a mayoral Workforce Development Board and the boards of Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., the Fund for Public Schools and the Queens Library.