Deputy Mayor for the Olympics

The Village Voice does some more digging on the question we looked at last week: Whether charitable donations to NYC2012, the Olympic bid committee, buy influence with the city.

The new information they have comes from Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff’s schedule, obtained through the Freedom of Information Law, which show — surprise! — “that he frequently finds himself meeting and talking about city business with those who are also being asked to ante up Olympics contributions.”

The piece also fills out some of the details of the repeated appearance of a conflict between Doctoroff’s official duties and his Olympics crusade:

“On April 1, 2002, Doctoroff and Kriegel crossed the Hudson River to Jersey City to talk to top officials at American Express. The giant financial firm had been forced out of its downtown offices by the 9-11 attack, and was seeking governmental assistance in relocating. But that’s not what the meeting was about, Kriegel said. The two men simply wanted to thank CEO Kenneth Chenault and Amex for its earlier contribution of $300,000 to NYC2012, he said…. About six weeks after the meeting, Amex was awarded $25 million from city and state agencies—a decision that would have moved across Doctoroff’s desk—to help it return downtown.”

WNYC‘s Andrea Bernstein, who worked on the Voice piece, will be doing a series of radio reports on the subject, the first at 5:40 p.m. today.

Deputy Mayor for the Olympics