Any reporters who wanted to ask Mayor Mike Bloomberg about the domestic violence arrest of former deputy mayor Stephen Goldsmith were given their chance this morning, so long as they could make it to East New York for the 8:30 a.m. service at the Christian Cultural Center.
There, according to The Times, Mayor Bloomberg offered no apologies for telling the public that Mr. Goldsmith was “leaving to pursue private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance” when he in fact resigned due to his arrest.
“I always assumed it would come out, but it’s not my responsibility,” the mayor said.
“The obligation I have as an employer is to treat all my employees with respect.”
These comments brought swift condemnation from Manhattan borough president, who called on the City Council–and by extension, 2013 mayoral rival and Bloomberg ally Council Speaker Christine Quinn–to hold hearings on the matter.
“Unfortunately the Mayor has this backwards: His first obligation is to protect the public, not to protect a staff member,” he said. “The City Council should hold hearings, so we can get a full accounting of the facts in this matter.”
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