Mr. Ravenstahl, meanwhile, wrote an e-mail to Mr. Shields this morning responding to the council president’s criticism yesterday that the administration was making an end-run around the city’s nine legislators in regard to contracts.
“Welcome Back, Mr. President!” the e-mail read, in an obvious reference to Mr. Shields’ failed Democratic primary bid for city controller. ” ‘I wish to remind you’ that despite the fact that maybe you haven’t been here the past three months, we have. . . . In fact, your respective council members have individually, because of your seeming absence regarding legislative issues, come over to discuss things one on one with me.”