From the NY Times:
AS the head of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Community Affairs unit, Nazli Parvizi says her job requires her to “be a good listener who gets yelled at a lot.” Criticism comes with the $192,198-a-year commissionership.
But no other commissioner would have to face the rebuke one critic in Queens leveled at her dismissively: “Remember, she’s a caterer.”
Go ahead, make her day. Ms. Parvizi, 32, was a founder of Night Kitchen, a catering service, in 2001, and majored in food anthropology at Barnard College. Politics is her vocation, but food her passion. She scours the city on bicycle for restaurants to use for events or to recommend to a colleague, even the mayor.
After running the mayor’s volunteer center, Ms. Parvizi was named in 2007 to run the Community Affairs unit, which links City Hall and New York’s communities.
Ok, and she became a city commissioner with what qualifications exactly? The NY Times didn't delve into that. The rest of the article goes on about how she uses food to create a dialogue with the communities she serves (They even go so far as to print her receipes). Which makes me wonder what she was dishing out when she banned a Brooklyn community board leader from a function because he had the audacity to think he could ask the mayor an unscripted question, sent a nasty letter to a Middle Village civic group in response to a sign displayed at a protest they held and dispatched one of her minions to tell representatives of a neighboring community not to expect any more help after they failed to defend the mayor's right to shit on that other group. Why not bring that stuff up, Harvey? Especially since I directed the victims to you and know they contacted you about their experiences with her...
It's a sad world we live in when the paper of record tries to pass this tripe off as news. And we have to look forward to 4 more years of the Times taking a bowl of Bloombergian pits and turning them into cherries. But that's ok, it's coverage like this that will keep this blog relevant and necessary for a long time.