De Blasio on giving up his emails: 'we'll defend that in court'
De Blasio maintains that private consultants, although not on city payroll, should be exempt from Freedom of Information requests as are city employees.
Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell aren’t the only politicians with email woes; on Friday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he won’t give up his emails without a fight.
After media outlets filed a lawsuit on Thursday under the Freedom of Information Law, de Blasio said that emails between his office, top aides and consultant Jonathan Rosen of Berlin Rosen, a public relations firm, are confidential. The mayor also said the city would go to court to keep correspondence between him and "agents of the city” from going public, New York Daily News reported.
It should be noted that Berlin Rosen is the PR firm hired byFriends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector(BQX), an advocacy group for the installation of the trolley car that would connect Queens to Brooklyn.
"In the case of anyone who also happens to have clients, any specific request around the work they did for their clients, and if in any way that interacted with City Hall, that we would release right now," de Blasiosaid during his weekly radio interview on WNYC. "We would have no problem with that, but not ongoing discussions where I'm seeking advice from a private advisor. That's something we believe was appropriate by the legal guidance we received, and of course we'll defend that in court."
De Blasio said although outside consultants, or “agents” as his staff calls them, are not paid by City Hall, they should be afforded the same protection as city employees,NY1 reported. NY1 and the New York Post are two media outlets that filed the suit.