Mayor de Blasio doing a great job - according to taxpayer-funded videos

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is doing a bang-up job, according to about 240 videos uploaded to YouTube.

But the videos were made using taxpayer funds and are part of the de Blasio PR machine.

New York Post:

The mayor’s taxpayer-funded p.r. machine has spit out 250 YouTube videos since he took office — including some slickly produced messages that look a lot like campaign ads.

Complete with voice-overs, soaring music and interviews with New Yorkers waxing poetic about Hizzoner, the videos are created by former de Blasio campaign workers now employed by City Hall.

“I feel like Bill de Blasio and [wife] Chirlane [McCray] have brought the love back to New York City,” an unnamed woman gushes in one video while waiting to tour Gracie Mansion three days after his inauguration.

Another video celebrates his first 100 days in office with staged testimonials from New Yorkers, including one by a carwash employee applauding the mayor’s signing a paid-sick-leave law.

“For that, we thank Bill de Blasio,” the worker says.

In a February video, Katherine La Guardia, granddaughter of legendary New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, says de Blasio has the “same progressive vision” as the New Deal-era pol.

“Like my grandfather, Mayor de Blasio is a mayor for all new Yorkers,” she says.

That video seems like an “endorsement” of a candidate instead of an already-elected mayor, says Robert Y. Shapiro, a Columbia University professor of American politics.

“If it occurred during an election campaign, it would look like a campaign ad,” Shapiro said.

Apparently there is nothing illegal about this taxpayer-funded self-promotion, although a little transparency might be in order.  The mayor's office refuses to say how much money has been spent on the ads.  The office from which the ads originate has a budget of $5.7 million, so we can guess that the slickly produced videos took a big chunk of that to produce.

Here's a video made by the granddaughter of legendary NY mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia:

All hail our fearless leader, Bill de Blasio!

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is doing a bang-up job, according to about 240 videos uploaded to YouTube.

But the videos were made using taxpayer funds and are part of the de Blasio PR machine.

New York Post:

The mayor’s taxpayer-funded p.r. machine has spit out 250 YouTube videos since he took office — including some slickly produced messages that look a lot like campaign ads.

Complete with voice-overs, soaring music and interviews with New Yorkers waxing poetic about Hizzoner, the videos are created by former de Blasio campaign workers now employed by City Hall.

“I feel like Bill de Blasio and [wife] Chirlane [McCray] have brought the love back to New York City,” an unnamed woman gushes in one video while waiting to tour Gracie Mansion three days after his inauguration.

Another video celebrates his first 100 days in office with staged testimonials from New Yorkers, including one by a carwash employee applauding the mayor’s signing a paid-sick-leave law.

“For that, we thank Bill de Blasio,” the worker says.

In a February video, Katherine La Guardia, granddaughter of legendary New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia, says de Blasio has the “same progressive vision” as the New Deal-era pol.

“Like my grandfather, Mayor de Blasio is a mayor for all new Yorkers,” she says.

That video seems like an “endorsement” of a candidate instead of an already-elected mayor, says Robert Y. Shapiro, a Columbia University professor of American politics.

“If it occurred during an election campaign, it would look like a campaign ad,” Shapiro said.

Apparently there is nothing illegal about this taxpayer-funded self-promotion, although a little transparency might be in order.  The mayor's office refuses to say how much money has been spent on the ads.  The office from which the ads originate has a budget of $5.7 million, so we can guess that the slickly produced videos took a big chunk of that to produce.

Here's a video made by the granddaughter of legendary NY mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia:

All hail our fearless leader, Bill de Blasio!