Amid probes, NYC mayor de Blasio tells staff to shut up or else

Amid probes, NYC mayor de Blasio tells staff to shut up or else
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

What happens in City Hall better stay in City Hall.

Amid more than a half-dozen probes of Mayor de Blasio’s administration, a number of municipal workers have been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that makes it clear they should shut their traps when it comes to city business, it was reported Monday.

Gothamist wrote that “scores of City Hall staffers” were asked to immediately sign the agreement, an image of which the news site posted online.

But the mayor’s office denied knowledge of the document and said no one at City Hall had been asked to sign it.

The form posted online refers to two parts of the City Charter prohibiting public servants from revealing city business unless it involves “conduct which the public servant knows or reasonably believes to involve waste, inefficiency, corruption, criminal activity, or conflict of interest.”

Unlike the forms city workers sign when they are hired and when they leave, this one specifically warns against disclosing privileged info to outsiders.

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