From the NY Times:
Mr. Esposito turned to the sign-in table. As he leaned over, he said, he felt a tap on his shoulder. This is how Mr. Esposito remembers the exchange:
“Gerry Esposito?” the man said.
“Yes,” Mr. Esposito said.
“Don’t bother looking for your name,” the man said.
“Excuse me,” Mr. Esposito said. “Who are you?”
His name was George Torres, another mayoral aide, who worked with community boards in the Bronx.
“You’ve been disinvited,” Mr. Torres said.
“Why?” Mr. Esposito said.
“You know what you did,” Mr. Torres responded. By Mr. Esposito’s undisputed account, Mr. Torres said he had been barred on the orders of Nazli Parvizi, the city’s commissioner for community affairs. Ms. Parvizi did not respond to a request for comment, but the mayor’s office said officials had decided that Mr. Esposito was a threat to order.
Several days earlier, Mr. Esposito had sent an e-mail message to the other 58 community board managers in the city, the last bastion of local government. The boards have yearly budgets of $189,000 each, but they face the same cuts of 5 percent as most city agencies.
All community board managers had been invited to the mayor’s presentation in the Fort Washington Armory, but Mr. Esposito said he suspected that more than a few would skip making the trip to Upper Manhattan.
“Perhaps we should attend to let our voices be heard about the cuts!” he wrote in his e-mail message. “What do people think?”
I know what I think: The mayor, his caterer and the entire CAU have to go.