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Success & failure, by the numbers: De Blasio’s Mayor’s Management Report details what the administration did right and wrong

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23.09.2021

Bill de Blasio is undoubtedly proud of his record as leader of our city. So why did he try to bury his administration’s final report card, the 500-page Mayor’s Management Report, by releasing it at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon?

Dumping information right before a holiday or weekend is a cheap trick used by politicians who hope that damning information will be forgotten or missed because there are fewer reporters on duty, or a bigger story that will overshadow the negative item.

De Blasio is no stranger to the practice. Back in 2016, his administration chose the day before Thanksgiving, to release thousands of pages of emails showing his top staffers collaborating closely with his political fundraiser and with outside advisors euphemistically dubbed “agents of the city.” That same year, the president of NYC Health Hospitals, Dr. Ramanathan Raju, resigned in the middle of a fiscal crisis at the city’s 11 public hospitals, in an announcement that came from City Hall on the day before the presidential election.

With less than 100 days left in his tenure, de Blasio is likely to claim a respectable spot in the history books. His administration kept important promises, like........

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