Congratulations, city taxpayers: You’ve found yet another clever way to contribute to Mayor de Blasio’s 2017 re-election campaign — by hiring hundreds of his operatives as “special assistants” on the City Hall payroll, thereby relieving them of the need to find real jobs in the political off-years.
Of course, you probably didn’t realize you’d done the mayor that favor until Bruce Golding and Rich Calder broke the story in Monday’s Post.
The 264 “special assistants” on the books for the last fiscal year accounted for 40 percent of the entire Mayor’s Office payroll and cost taxpayers $18.7 million.
No, not all were hacks being supported between campaigns — but de Blasio spent much more than twice as much on “special assistants” as Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Yes, gazillionaire Bloomy had other places to park his politicos — but so does the current mayor, with his vast web of pocket nonprofit outfits.
Of course, the taxpayers also helped pay for those, if indirectly — since donations to them plainly bought access (at least) to the mayor and his team.
Adding insult to injury, mayoral spokesman Eric Phillips — who earns $182,000 — justified the added expense for special assistants as a cost-saving measure that cut down overtime, supposedly saving taxpayers $105,000 while boosting the number of managers at City Hall.
As if anyone was pointing to this City Hall as a paragon of good management.