Hizzoner has agreed to give the City Council a 32% pay raise, but New Yorkers will have to look hard to find a legal notice announcing the upcoming legislation.
Mayor de Blasio has quietly agreed to give City Council members a 32% pay hike.
In a move that critics say appears to be an attempt at downplaying the controversial move, Hizzoner tucked a last minute notice into the City Record on Friday announcing he would sign into law a bill that guarantees the raises.
The mayor’s office by law must notify the public within five calendar days of a planned bill signing.
The pay raise notice came at the start of a three-day weekend — a time when pols typically bury unfavorable news — and was added so late it didn’t make the newsletter’s “public hearings” section. It was in the “late notice” section at the very end of the paper.
“It appears they don’t want to draw too much public attention to the issue,” said Dick Dadey of the government watchdog group Citizens Union.
A bill that would rename several city streets — which passed on the same day as the pay raise package — won’t be signed for another week.
City Hall insisted they were being transparent.
“Even if we had a plan to draw attention away from the signing, which we don’t, the City Hall press corps would never allow an important bill signing to go unnoticed,” said press secretary Karen Hinton.
She said the street renaming signing is later because of scheduling issues with family members involved.