For Immediate Release
April 15, 2011
Senator Reverend Díaz to Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Don’t Fluff Off My Request”
New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement regarding the one-page letter he received in response to his Freedom Of Information Law request asking for details about Chancellor Cathie Black’s salary and benefits:
“This afternoon, I received an inadequate response to my FOIL request to the New York City Department of Education for any and all information regarding the entire salary, benefits, and other compensation that New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black has received or will receive, including any severance or retirement benefits.
The reply only contained a one-page letter dated January 3, 2011 to Cathie Black, signed by both her and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appointing her as Chancellor of the City School District of the City of New York. While Mayor Bloomberg actually hired Cathie Black to serve as Schools Chancellor, the Department of Education maintains her records, and I am certain the one-page letter is merely part of the response.
Nothing in that one-page letter explains the “standard benefits package for at-will managerial employees of the Department of Education.” Nothing in that one-page letter explains if Cathie Black received zero dollars after she left, or if she has received a severance package for her 3-month tenure.
On behalf of my constituents, I will continue pursue this request for information and look forward to a complete reply.”