A judge ruled that his office had to make public emails between the mayor and his staff because the inclusion of an outside consultant on the correspondence meant the emails no longer fell under the auspices of private communication between an elected official and his staff.
News organizations sued to have the emails released as part of an investigation into the cozy nature of the mayor, Jonathan Rosen of consulting firm BerlinRosen, and how that influence might have affected city business.
Instead they uncovered that the mayor really hates the city's media organizations!
The real story became not how other clients of BerlinRosen may have benefited from the relationship with the mayor in the form of city contracts and other favors, but how much the mayor despises the local press.
The emails are full of tough (and sometimes foul) language directed at the city's rags, with the mayor upset about the coverage of his administration. In at least one email he wishes the New York Post would just up and fold.
That made for an uncomfortable press conference with City Hall reporters last Friday afternoon, in which the mayor tried to downplay the emails.
His aides also tried to brush off the tough talk in the emails, arguing there's nothing new about a sitting mayor having a difficult relationship with the people tasked with covering him. Nothing to see here!
To escape the controversy, the mayor added a last-minute event to his public schedule on Friday, namely two days off in Connecticut.
But hizzoner was back in town on Monday, and he was marching down Northern Boulevard in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.
The mayor took part in the parade last year, and was soundly booed all along the route. This year he fared a little better, with only a smattering of boos and heckles directed his way. Who knows, maybe the general public hates the city's penny-a-liners just as much as de Blasio!
That said, there was one parade watcher in a busy print shirt that followed the mayor from Little Neck Parkway to the parade's conclusion at Douglaston Parkway booing loudly and shouting “Worst mayor ever!” We guess you can't please them all.
Still, by all objective measures, de Blasio fared better than one of his predecessors. Former mayor Rudy Giuliani was at Yankee Stadium yesterday to celebrate his birthday and enjoy a little bit of our national pastime.
When the PA announcer introduced him, Giuliani was met by thunderous boos from the crowd.
Hey, we'll take one heckler on Northern Boulevard over a full stadium giving us a loud Bronx cheer any day!