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Mayor Faces Questions Over Speech He Gave to Pro-Israel Lobbying Group

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is still shoveling his way out of this week's snowstorm, and he is also on the hot seat for failing to let the public know about a major speech he gave Thursday night to a pro-Israel lobbying group. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

The snow is no longer falling, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is still in the middle of a storm over his snow cleanup performance this week.

"The orders that went out were consistent for every single neighborhood," de Blasio said. "The execution wasn't good enough in some areas."

After snow snarled the Upper East Side on Tuesday, the mayor made an unannounced visit to the neighborhood and called for more to be done. He said New Yorkers can expect moves like that from him in the future.

"When I hear those kind of concerns and they're that consistent, that persistent, you will see me go there myself or one of my top senior leaders of this administration will go out," he said.

De Blasio asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sanitation commissioner, John Doherty, to stay on the job, at least through the winter. There are now questions about whether his job is in jeopardy.

"I did not have detailed conversations with him," de Blasio said. "Our first deputy mayor, Tony Shorris, did, and we simply said we want to understand what happened and how we can do better."

The mayor said the city is conducting a review of its response to the storm.

De Blasio also faced several questions about a speech he gave Thursday night in front of a lobbying group that supports Israel. It was not listed on his public schedule.

"Event sponsors, whatever the event is, have a right to set the ground rules, and AIPAC believed, not because of me, because of all the people speaking there, that they wanted to have the event they wanted to have the way they wanted to have it, and it was a closed press event," de Blasio said.

During the speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the mayor said that there is no greater American ally on earth than Israel, according to a recording provided to Capital New York.

Elected officials routinely notify the press when they deliver major speeches. The mayor said that going forward, events like this will be announced to reporters.

City Hall also released the salaries of staff members at the Mayor's Office. Eight, including the mayor, are being paid $200,000 or more.

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