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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 01:46 PM

NYC Mayor: Dianne Morales Fires Dozens of Staffers As Turmoil Continues

New York Magazine

The turmoil that has rocked Dianne Morales’s mayoral bid showed no signs of slowing down on Wednesday, just three days before early voting begins in the June 22 primary. In the latest twist after weeks of internal drama, dozens of workers on the campaign — which is in the midst of a widespread work stoppage — were let go.

On Wednesday afternoon, a tweet from the Morales campaign union said, “Over 40 workers on the @Dianne4NYC Campaign were just terminated. More to come.”

Earlier in the day, Morales had issued a statement saying the campaign had reached out to the Campaign Finance Board to seek permission to pay staffers during the work stoppage while they attempted to reach a resolution. She said the board had granted them “a small window to continue to pay the staff who are engaged in the work stoppage with public funds.”

In the statement, Morales said that campaign members had declined her offer to bring in an outside mediator for their discussions and that some of their demands violated campaign-finance laws. She invoked the “possible liability” that would come from paying nonworking staffers with public funds and said their last payday will be June 9.

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