EXCLUSIVE: Top de Blasio aides use personal accounts for city-related emails despite mayor’s transparency promise

So much for transparency. 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.

ìPublic officials should use their public emails for public activities,î said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. As a public advocate, de Blasio published 'transparency report cards' for city departments, concluding many failed to make their records public. Continue>>>