Mayor Michael Bloomberg Pays Some Aides Additional Salary Out of His Own Pocket

By Ben Fractenberg on August 4, 2010 9:05am 

Mayor Bloomberg reportedly paid three staffers part of their salary out of his own pocket.
Mayor Bloomberg reportedly paid three staffers part of their salary out of his own pocket.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — It appears Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't be mistaken for Mr. Scrooge by some of his city employees.

Three of the mayor’s aides earn close to $200,000 a year after Bloomberg pays part of their salary out of his own pocket, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Staff members Allison Jaffin, Karen Greene and Irene Pistorino earned between $113,429 to $117,818 from their public salary in the Mayor's Office, and an additional $60,000 and $100,000 from Bloomberg, the paper reported.

The mayor reportedly set up a company called Manhattan West to pay the employees for non-governmental work outside of regular office hours.

Another Bloomberg staffer, Howard Wolfson, allegedly owns stock in a company receiving public funds to build the new Net’s stadium in Brooklyn. Wolfson listed on his financial disclosure form an investment in Forest City Enterprises, worth between $5,000 to $39,999, according to the Post.

Bloomberg’s deputy mayor, Linda Gibbs, reportedly gave a loan between $60,000 to $100,000 to her former chief of staff, Jim Anderson. Officials said the loan was legal because Anderson stopped reporting to Gibbs in 2006, the paper reported.

A spokesperson for Wolfson said he purchased the stock in 2007 for around $5,000, which the spokesperson claims is below the “threshold that raises potential conflict-of-interest issues."

Bloomberg’s spokesman, Stu Loeser, reportedly said the Conflicts of Interest Board cleared the mayor to pay the three aides.

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