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Bloomberg on defense after deputy mayor's resignation

(AP Photo/Office of the Mayor, Ed Reed, File)

(AP Photo/Office of the Mayor, Ed Reed, File)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg brushed aside criticism — and offered no apology — again Monday following a controversial cover-up of the domestic-violence arrest that lead to his top deputy’s resignation last month.

“I don’t see any reason why we should go on and try to get headlines by … talking about something which we really don’t know what happened,” the mayor told reporters at the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on the scandal involving former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith.

City Hall put out a news release on Aug. 4 saying Goldsmith, 64, was leaving to pursue private-sector work in infrastructure finance. In actuality, he had been arrested on July 30 at his Washington, D.C., home and jailed for two days for alleged domestic violence against his wife, Margaret.

She never pressed charges, however, and when the alleged altercation came to light Thursday, she denied a physical fight and said comments to police were “misconstrued.”

It was widely believed that Goldsmith stepped down, in part, to the city’s bungled response to last December’s blizzard. After a few days of silence, Bloomberg on Sunday finally admitted that that wasn’t the reason for his dismissal, and said Goldsmith exited after just 14 months on the job because of the arrest.

While the mayor said he didn’t divulge the truth to the public because he was trying to treat the Goldsmiths with “basic decency,” city officials blasted him for the lack of disclosure.

Bloomberg on Sunday wouldn’t comment about Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s call for a City Council investigation.

In a statement, Council Speaker Christine Quinn reiterated that the facts “should have come out sooner,” although political pundits don’t expect the speaker, a Bloomberg ally, to push for a hearing.

Observers pointed to the scandal as another “screw up” for Bloomberg in a third term marred by “poor public relations.”


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