Newly released emails show that New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon served as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s conduit to the celebrity world for several years.
The emails, released to several media outlets on Friday through a Freedom of Information request, span 2014 to 2018 and show the Sex and the City actress’s cozy relationship with de Blasio.
Nixon often served as a conduit to City Hall for her celebrity pals, including former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker, who sought assistance for a West Village restaurant in September 2014.
The restaurant, Tea & Sympathy, was struggling with rising rents, and Parker sent Nixon a note lobbying on their behalf, which Nixon forwarded directly to de Blasio.
Newly released emails show that New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (right) served as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (left) conduit to the celebrity world for several years
Sex and the City co-star Sarah Jessica Parker (left in 2016) was one of the celebrities to seek help from Nixon (right) in seeking assistance from City Hall
‘We are having other problems in our neighborhood as well and the city hasn’t been responding. Some are issues related to the very things our Mayor was criticising [former Mayor Michael] Bloomberg for,’ Parker wrote in the email obtained by the New York Daily News.
‘Lots of new little fines and potential shut downs of businesses. Wanting to be supportive and convince our local business leaders that we can get some support and a rational ear as well that De Blasio wasn’t just courting votes but listening.’
Another plea for help came to Nixon in 2014 from Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s Artistic Director overseeing Shakespeare in the Park, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nixon passed on to de Blasio his complaint that a ‘plague’ of helicopters flying over Central Park would ‘ruin Othello’, and the mayor responded personally.
‘Thanks for sending this along, Cynthia. That’s a new one to me—no idea why the helicopters would be over the park. We’ll check this out and get you an answer asap,’ de Blasio replied.
A few days later, a City Hall official in an email said that he had reached out to air traffic controllers to reduce helicopter noise.
Parker contacted Nixon on behalf of Tea & Sympathy (above) a restaurant in her West Village neighborhood that was struggling with rising rent and city fees
Another plea for help regarding helicopter noise came to Nixon in 2014 from the Artistic Director overseeing Shakespeare in the Park. Pictured: Twelfth Night in Central Park in 2018
However, representatives for both Shakespeare in the Park and Tea & Sympathy told the Journal that their complaints were never actually resolved.
The favors between Nixon and de Blasio went both ways, the emails show, with Nixon marshaling celebrity support for the mayor’s pet initiatives, including universal pre-K and NYC Well, a mental health initiative pushed by de Blasio’s wife Charlene McCray.
‘Cynthia, I should have said this on the phone, but the First Lady is over the moon with all this celebrity engagement. We are doing important work connecting people to resources!’ McCray adviser Erin White wrote to Nixon in an October 2016 email reported by the News.
One thing that was not discussed in the emails was Nixon’s bid to unseat de Blasio’s frequent political foe, Governor Andrew Cuomo. She will face the incumbent Democrat Cuomo in a September 13 Democratic primary.
Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the News that Nixon’s relationship with de Blasio was no secret.
‘As a devoted education activist, it’s no secret Cynthia fought hard to elect Mayor de Blasio and to get his education initiatives like universal pre-K passed,’ Hitt said. ‘Naturally, as people who work closely together do, they sometimes spoke about other things. The rest is just palace intrigue.’