On July 6th, a lawyer for the City Council sent out a request to members asking them to preserve all documents related to "VIOLA PLUMMER "AND THE PROPOSED CO-NAMING OF STREETS FOR SONNY CARSON" because of a lawsuit that Plummer — the chief of staff to Charles Barron who was recently dismissed from her job by Christine Quinn — filed against the Council Speaker.
Yesterday, according to sources in one member's office, City Council staffers went looking for those documents.
Aides to one City Council member in the Bronx said that computers in their district office were searched yesterday by members of the “computer services” division of the City Council. Those same aides said they expected to have the computers in their City Hall office searched today.
Plummer filed suit to overturn Quinn's decision to terminate her employment with the Council for saying that a Councilman who opposed a plan to rename a street after black nationalist Sonny Carson should be ‘assassinated.’ Plummer said afterwards that she was referring only to killing the Councilman's political career.
I'm still waiting for a comment from Quinn's office about the computer searches.
Here's the email:
Because of pending litigation, the OGC is issuing a document preservation request.
Please preserve all information you currently have or continue to receive, whether hardcopy or electronic (this includes emails on Groupwise or other accounts; documents on your computer/PDA/blackberry; voicemails; etc.) related to:
VIOLA PLUMMER "AND THE PROPOSED CO-NAMING OF STREETS FOR SONNY CARSON".
You need not save SPAM or routine Council email (press clips, hearing schedules, etc.)
You may find it helpful to set up a folder on your email system(s), and a physical folder for your hardcopy documents, to store this information.
I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Alvin Bragg, Jr.
New York City Council
Office of the General Counsel
250 Broadway, 15th floor
N.Y., N.Y. 10007