From the NY Times:
When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg tapped Maura Keaney this year to run field operations for his re-election bid, the choice seemed reasonable. She had campaigned for him in 2005, then spent three years as a senior aide to City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, supervising legislation, policy and communications.
Ms. Keaney had access to organized labor, a key constituency for any mayoral contender. She had been a political director for a large union, Unite Here, and in recent months has worked to garner labor support for Mr. Bloomberg, just as she did for Ms. Quinn.
A review of her role in Ms. Quinn’s office, though, shows that in one significant episode, Ms. Keaney may have drifted too close to labor, raising money from unions on the speaker’s behalf even as she worked on legislation that affected them: a potential violation of the city’s conflicts of interest law.
And a followup:
When asked Wednesday about the article, Mr. Bloomberg said: “I read it. I haven’t had the time to look into it. But I have a note to do so today.” He explained that he had been a bit distracted on Tuesday because he was preparing for his debate with Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., before adding a note of caution: “It was something that is alleged to have happened — I don’t know if she was right or wrong.”