What’s on Deputy Mayor Patti Harris’s schedule: Brad Pitt, Russell Simmons, a ‘New York Times’ editor
Deputy Mayor Patti Harris has spent nine years as one of the most powerful people in the Bloomberg administration, and as one its least known. Last week, she testified in court that she spends about 60 hours a week working as deputy mayor. (Another five hours, she said, was spent in her job at the mayor's philanthropic organization.)
Today, after repeated requests, City Hall released Harris's daily schedule for all of 2009 and 2010. [The schedules have been uploaded here.]
My first attempt to obtain her schedule through a FOIL request in May 2010 was delayed, then ignored. New York Post reporter Annie Karni wrote last week about City Hall "failing to give any explanation" for not releasing Harris's schedule in response to a FOIL request in January.
The schedules show Harris and Bloomberg met with the New York Times local political editor, Carolyn Ryan, at Gracie Mansion in June of 2009. A short time later, they met there with actor Brad Pitt, for about thirty minutes, to discuss philanthropy. And after Russell Simmons wrote an open letter to the mayor that was published on the Huffington Post, Simmons had a thirty minute meeting in Gracie Mansion, with a mayoral spokesman.
The schedules also shed some light on the mayor's whereabouts, with a number of events and meetings flagged as "MRB," including interviews with the New Yorker and Politico, and an appearance at Hank Paulson's book party.
Harris's schedule does not show where she was during the Christmas weekend snowstorm.
Here's a look at one of the schedules, with some highlights from all the schedules below:
February 11, 2009: "Community Breakfast w/ members of the Arab Community" at Gracie Mansion, from 8 to 9 a.m.
February 23, 2009: "Greater NY Follow Up Meeting" in the Governor's Room at City Hall.
March 2, 2009: "State Assembly Dinner" at Gracie Mansion
March 11, 2009: "Dinner w/ Kevin, Bil Clinton and Doug Band" at 8 p.m.
March 23: "Michael Barbaro and Andrew Brent" met in the security room. [Barbaro is a New York Times reporter and Brent was a spokesman for the mayor.]
March 31, 2009: "ID (International Design) Magazine Phone Interview w/ Jane Margolies" in the Staten Island Room of City Hall.
May 1, 2009: "Jim Gandolfini meeting" at the Governor's Room in Gracie Mansion.
May 7, 2009, 3:45-4:15: "Meet w/ MRB, Alli, Brad Pitt, Trevor Neilson (Global Philanthropy Group) Tom Darden (Executive Director of the Make it Right Foundation) re: Make it Right. * 4:15 Rafael Cestero (HPD Commissioner) Will Join." The meeting was at Gracie Mansion.
May 18, 2009, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.: "Dinner w/ Speaker Quinn (Blue Smoke: 116 East 27th Street. Btwn Park Avenue South and Lexington Av)"
May 21, 2009, 6 p.m." "Mayor's Office of Legislative Affairs Reunion Party (Emigrant Savings Bank: Banking Hall 49-51 Chambers Street)"
June 4, 2009, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: "Lunch with MRB, and Carolyn Ryan, Deputy Metro Editor for Government and Politics, New York Times" at Gracie Mansion
July 29, 2009, 12:30 - 1 p.m.: "Jim Meeting w/ Russell Simmons to discuss his open letter to MRB in the Huffington Post regarding overty in our City (Outer Ceremonial Room)
"NO CALENDARS FROM 9/21/2009 to 11/15/2009 FULL-TIME AT CAMPAIGN"
December 18, 2009: "MRB/Bono visit" at Gracie Mansion
January 18, 2010, 2:15 - 2:45pm: "MRB Phone interview w/ Evan Osnos, Staff Writer for the New Yorker"
3:15 pm: "MRB Coffee Meeting w/ Senator Richard Durbin"
February 17, 2010, 6:45 pm: "MRB Attends Book Release Party for Henry Paulson "On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System" *No formal program (The Harvard Club: North Biddle Room, 35 West 44th Street)"
April 8, 2010, 7:30am: "FYI: MRB Briefing Time for Editorial Boards (Gracie)"
April 12, 2010, 5:45pm: "MRB Meeting w/ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton"
April 13, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm: "Kevin's Farewell Party *7-7:30 MRB ATTENDS (The Standard New York: Highline Room: 442 West 13th Street between Washington Street and 10th Avenue)"
April 28, 2010: "FYI: 8 - 9am MRB's Breakfast with News Directors from NYC tv stations (Gracie)"
April 30, 2010: "FYI: 3 - 3:30 pm MRB Mtng with Secretary Timothy Geithner, Dept. of the Treasury (1500 Pennsylvania"
"FYI: 4 - 4:30pm MRB Mtng w/ Politico (Politico Headquarters: 6th Floor, 1100 Wilson Bouleveard Between [redacted]"