Two top deputies of Mayor de Blasio, who campaigned on creating a new era of government openness, commonly use their personal Gmail accounts to discuss city-related issues, the Daily News has learned.
First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and director of intergovernmental affairs Emma Wolfe routinely communicate via their private email addresses, according to multiple government insiders.
Good-government groups contend that’s a behind-the-scenes way to dodge oversight and contrary to the open government de Blasio vowed to run as he campaigned for mayor.
“Public officials should use their public emails for public activities,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
Through the law, the public can legally access copies of emails sent from official government addresses.
Personal emails from City Hall honchos discussing government issues are also fair play under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.
But reporters and curious members of the public need to know those exact addresses when making a request for information.