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BY: Todd Shepherd
Voters wanting to know more about Michael Bloomberg's tenure as mayor as he considers a presidential run won't get much useful information from the New York City archives, although theoretically hundreds of thousands of important records and communications should be available six years after he left office.
Transparency - Issues - Stake - Media - Reporting
Although there are serious transparency issues at stake, media reporting has been scarce on the lack of Bloomberg documents at the city’s archives, with the notable exception of a 2016 report by the New York Daily News.
"Not a single email sent by Bloomberg during his tenure has been made available for public inspection," the New York Daily News reported in March of that year. "The only electronic correspondence that has been cleared and processed for review at the Municipal Archive in Lower Manhattan comes from a handful of Bloomy's top staffers, and only over the first seven months of his 12 years in office."
Washington - Free - Beacon - City - Archives
The Washington Free Beacon contacted the city's archives for an update on obtaining new documents or publishing documents already in the city's possession in the time since the Daily News report. Although officials initially acknowledged the Beacon's email requests, they later stopped responding.
Adding to the complexity is the fact that Bloomberg relied almost exclusively on his own private email address and server during his tenure, echoing the scandal that dogged a significant portion of the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2015 and '16.
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"There is no law banning elected city officials from using their private addresses for work matters," the Post report noted.
"Bloomberg has contended that he obtained permission to use his private account upon taking office in 2002, when the city's Conflicts of Interest Board ruled the mayor could donate a number of his company's proprietary computer terminals to City Hall."
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Efforts by the Free Beacon to contact a spokesperson...
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