Gifts to City Employees and Ethics

Mayor Bloomberg’s generous gifts and bonuses to city employees and campaign workers has caught the attention of The Times.

Mr. Bloomberg is famous for doling out eye-popping bonuses to staff members on his campaigns, referring sick workers to top doctors, even paying for the large funeral of a City Hall aide. In return, he expects absolute fealty.

But he has never before used his fortune to pay tribute to a current city employee — a gesture that historians said had no precedent in the city government.

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