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Tuesday November 25, 2014

NY Pols Say Social Media Increases #Transparency

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Of local pols, Bloomberg has the most Twitter followers

NY officials used Twitter to keep citizens up to date during Hurricane Sandy. But even before the storm, more and more local politicians are using social media to communicate with citizens. Councilmember David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who has 3,195 Twitter followers, said it’s about transparency. He told AMNY, “You’re not going to put out a news release for everything and my constituents want to know what I’m doing.” Greenfield is one of 42┬ácouncil┬ámembers with a Twitter and/or Facebook account. Councilmember Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) was hesitant to join social media at first, but now personally updates both his Twitter and Facebook accounts. He told AMNY, “I am the benevolent dictator of my Facebook page.”

Here are the top officials in terms of Twitter followers:

Mike Bloomberg — 395,280 followers
Christine Quinn — 14,039 followers
Bill de Blasio — 6,006 followers
John Liu — 4,387 followers
Brad Lander — 3,541 followers
Yvette Clark — 3,374 followers

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