Borelli files Freedom of Information request over snafu by De Blasio's 'Democracy' office

David Caplan
October 17, 2018 - 1:04 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After it was reported Tuesday that 400,000 registered voters in New York City are getting letters from Mayor Bill de Blasio's office erroneously warning them they're marked as inactive and risk having to vote by affidavit in the upcoming elections, Staten Island city councillor Joe Borelli is vowing to get to the bottom of the snafu.

The Republican lawmaker's office filed on Wednesday a Freedom of Information request asking for three things:

1. The mailing list used by De Blasio's  newly-created "Democracy NYC" initiative for the October mailer.

2. The criteria used to compile the list 

3. Any correspondence relating to the procurement of the list and/or the targeting. 

De Blasio's democracy office sends letters confusing some voters

"This whole de Blasio administration 'chief democracy officer' mailer fiasco reminds me that we wouldn’t have registration issues at all if everyone was registered simply by showing a valid gov’t ID, similar to Canada’s 'far right' voter ID laws," Borelli tweeted.

He also slammed Democracy NYC head Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune, a $165,000-a-year-appointee. 

"Between a $165k salary and the cost of the list, printing and 1st class postage... we’re up to about a half million... this is going well," Borelli wrote.

A Board of Elections spokeswoman said they weren't the source of the bad information.

"I can say with certainty that they did not get it from us,'' said Valerie Vazquez Diaz, a spokeswoman for the Board of Elections.

However, De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips put the blame on the Board of Elections, saying "no list is perfect.''

"But we're cutting a wide universe to ensure people check and fix it if they must,'' Phillips said in a tweet. "This is a good sign!''