Mayor's Office Releases Cathie Black Emails

Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:14 AM EDT
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Mayor's Office Releases Cathie Black Emails

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Mayor Bloomberg calls Cathie Black "phenomenally competent" a day after she resigns as chancellor of city schools.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office has released emails between its staffers and former schools chancellor Cathie Black.

The emails were released after the state Court of Appeals rejected a motion by Bloomberg's office seeking to keep the emails private. 

The emails shed light in part on Black's campaign to get a waiver from the state education commission due to her lack of background in education.

Black and Bloomberg staffers discuss reaching out to politicians, businesswomen and other prominent figures in an effort to secure signatures for a letter of support. Caroline Kennedy, Carolyn Maloney, Gloria Steinem and Donna Hanover were some of the names compiled in a list of planned phone calls. 

Black also emails Gayle King, a close friend of Oprah Winfrey, in an effort to secure the media mogul's support. 

Read the emails here. 

The emails were requested by a journalist under the Freedom of Information Law. City lawyers contended the emails were exempt from the law.

Sergio Hernandez sued the administration after officials denied his request for emails concerning Black's hiring and brief tenure in 2011.

A judge ordered the city to release the emails. The city appealed, and an Appellate Court upheld the judge's decision.

The city had sought to appeal to the Court of Appeals. The court rejected that motion Thursday.

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