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The Gracie Mansion Ramadan Iftar dinner isn't open to press after all
by Celeste Katz
When Mayor de Blasio's office first moved his public schedule for Thursday, it listed two very different events, both open to the press: The weigh-in for the Nathan's Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall, and the Ramadan Iftar Dinner 2014 at Gracie Mansion.
A short time ago, the press team re-sent Hizzoner's schedule with an update: No reporters at the Ramadan gathering. No reason given.
I asked de Blasio Press Secretary Phil Walzak about the changeup. He quickly apologized via email for the "confusion," and said the dinner "was always designed to be closed, but was erroneously listed as open last nite on the sked due to an internal miscommunication."
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