Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sir lunchalot

Saturday, September 5th 2009, 4:00 AM

Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs Kevin Sheekey apparently took lunches around the time Mayor Bloomberg was considering Presidential run.
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Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs Kevin Sheekey apparently took lunches around the time Mayor Bloomberg was considering Presidential run.

Kevin Sheekey, the mayor's longtime political lieutenant, is out to lunch - literally.

His time cards as a deputy mayor show he took many lunches - lasting from two to five hours - in 2007 when he was touting Mayor Bloomberg as presidential timber.

Sheekey's time cards were released Friday by the mayor's office in response to a Freedom of Information Request by the Daily News.

They cover the past three years and list the times Sheekey reported for work on a given day, when he stopped and how long he took off for "lunch."

A mayoral spokesman said that could mean actually grabbing a meal to tending to personal or other business.

Sheekey was unavailable for comment.

Bloomberg disclosed on June 20, 2007, that he had changed his Republican voter enrollment to independent status.

In the preceding weeks, Sheekey often took two or three hour lunches, and he was out to lunch for as long as five hours in the days of the following week.

That year also saw Sheekey take 28 days of leave time, compared to just 16 days in 2006 and 22 days in 2008.

There's nothing illegal about the long lunches, and Sheekey regularly worked 40 hours a week or more, excluding lunch.

But he and mayoral officials have been closemouthed about how much time he spent on political business.

His long lunches stopped the same time Bloomberg announced on Feb. 27, 2008, he wasn't running for President.

flombardi@nydailynews.com