The Mayor's Other Company
August 4th, 2010

Earlier this week, City Councilmember Daniel Halloran argued on these pages that City Council members should be full time.

Well what about city employees?

Apparently not — at least in the view of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Post reports today that the mayor went so far as to form his own company (nice what billions will do for you) so he could pay three city workers who already make between $110,000 and $113,000 a year an additional $60,000 to $100,000. All three — Allison Jaffin, Irene Pistorino, and Karen Greene — came to the administration from Bloomberg L.P.

Interestingly, Jaffin, a longtime mayoral aide who worked for him at Bloomberg L.P., according to the Wall Street Journal, has been “a key witness” in probe into the mayor’s $1.2 million payment to the Independence Party. (The party, as you recall, backed the mayor’s re-election bid last year and funneled $750,000 of that to John Haggerty, a political operative who now faces criminal charges.)

Jaffin is not a target of the investigation into Haggerty but the Journal noted, her involvement and her extra paycheck from the mayor “revive criticism of the blurred lines between Mr. Bloomberg’s public and private lives.”

Bloomberg’s use of his personal wealth to lavishly augment the salaries of his staff is, of course, nothing new. Earlier this year, he apparently decided being deputy mayor was such an easy job that Patricia Harris would be able to run his foundation in her spare time. That job does not bring any extra pay but came after Harris raked in a $400,000 mayoral bonus on top of her $246,000 salary for advising his successful 2009 re-election campaign.

All of this is fine with the Conflicts of Interest Board whose members all are appointed by Bloomberg.

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