Councilman Vincent Gentile, a rare third-term politician representing Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst, has been hitting up Mayor Bill de Blasio for a job before the end of his final stint in office, reports the New York Post:
Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile of Bay Ridge — who voted with the rest of his colleagues last week to boost their salaries by $36,000 yearly to $148,500 — is lobbying hard for a golden parachute before his third four-year term expires at the end of 2017.
The sources said Gentile is trying to cash in on his repeated endorsements of de Blasio — including in the 2013 mayoral Democratic primary.
“It’s gotten so bad that he’s begun recommending some staffers look for new jobs,” said a City Hall source. “I don’t get why he’s telling anyone who’ll listen he wants out.
It’s worth noting that Gentile’s former spokesperson and right-hand man Justin Brannan recently left his post to accept a position at the city’s Department of Education.
“It is not uncommon for people in his position to see what the next steps [potentially] are for their careers,” Gentile spokesman Travis Lamprecht told the Post, adding that the councilman remains committed to serving his constituents.
For God’s sake, will someone give the man a job?