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Politico - Year’s worth of schedules show a busy New York mayor — with key details missing

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Year's worth of schedules show a busy New York mayor — with key details missing
Mayor Eric Adams keeps up a brisk pace of calls, meetings and galas — but much is still unknown.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams released a daily calendar covering July 2022 through August 2023 pursuant to a Freedom of Information Law request — the first such disclosure in 15 months.
The information released avoids disclosing much about the daily encounters of his high-profile job. Some of the most basic aspects like which elected officials he’s speaking with during regular calls are not disclosed.
“This mark a step back in transparency. For much of his predecessor’s tenure, ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio routinely published copies of his schedule that named everyone attending calls and meetings, while also requiring leading city officials to disclose their interactions with lobbyists.”
“Adams’ schedules include almost no mention of meetings with lobbyists. Despite that, a public database kept by the city clerk shows city lobbyists appealing to the mayor’s office — which includes other top aides — hundreds of times on issues ranging from real estate plans to city contracts since Adams’ tenure began on Jan. 1, 2022. His spokesperson declined to answer whether the mayor has ever met with a lobbyist”

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Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly loved seeing it become what it is today and is excited about its future growth.

As an attorney for 32 years, he is a partner in the law firm of Berzer & Wolf. Prior to his private law practice, Paul served in several government positions with the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Housing Authority, and Erie County.

When he is not practicing law and doing open government stuff, Paul enjoys spending time with his spouse, Cheryl, and his three children, Michael, Joseph, and Julia. Paul resides in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.

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