On Friday evening past the close of the business day, Bronx Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj sent out to his contact list a rather standard email asking his supporters to join him in celebrating the campaign kick-off of Richie Torres, a candidate running for New York City Council. The only problem is that the email originated from Gjonaj’s official Assembly email account, a breach of the rules covering governmental communication.
Reached for comment, Will Madonna, a spokesman for Gjonaj, acknowledged the mistake, but said that the slip-up was accidental.
“The communication was a clerical and an inadvertent error and was corrected within 45 minutes,” he said. “No state resources were used under any circumstance in facilitating the email blast. Assemblyman Gjonaj is a reformer and believes in having the highest ethical standards that the public expects.”