NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Press Secretary to Resign

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary is set to resign after slightly more than one year on the job.

Karen Hinton told NBC 4 New York she submitted her resignation on April 6. She is expected to leave her post by the end of June, at the conclusion of the current city budget negotiations.

Hinton, in a statement, said she it was "a privilege" to work for de Blasio, a first-term Democrat.

Her resignation comes at a politically perilous time for de Blasio, whose administration is at the center of a federal and state investigation into its campaign finance practices.

Administration officials said her departure — which was first reported by The New York Times — was unconnected to the probe. Hinton also told NBC 4 New York her decision had nothing to do with the investigation, which publicly surfaced April 7. 

The mayor thanked Hinton for her service, saying in a statement, "I know she will remain a source of trusted advice for me and our team."

She said she plans to spend more time with her daughter. 

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