Yet another reason not to live in Michael Bloomberg's New York...
Via the New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg is spending city cash and resources on his pet project to toughen US gun laws through his national organization, The Post has learned.
City employee Christopher Kocher was sent to Nevada as a representative of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to lobby for a bill that enforces background checks on all firearm sales in that state.
But Kocher, who works as a special counsel to the mayor’s office, apparently didn’t want his role to be known and scrubbed his City Hall e-mail address from the state of Nevada lobbying-registration Web site early this month.
“It doesn’t seem kosher to me,” said Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
“It’s hard to see how gun control in Nevada makes the city safer in New York.”
The billionaire mayor has dumped his own money into the advocacy group, his primary vehicle for promoting stronger gun-control laws around the country. [...]
Sources say MAIG staffers are using the ninth floor of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services at 253 Broadway to advance the causes of the mayor’s fund.
Domain names for the group’s Web site were registered by the New York City Department of Information and Technology, Politico reported last week. The sites have remained on official city Web servers since 2006.
A City Hall spokesperson argued the coalition was able to use city resources because gun control is in the best interests of the city.
I reported back in March that Bloomberg's MAIG group was running PR out of the mayor's office and using city government resources. Will using those resources in another state be enough for New Yorkers to complain?