By LOUIS FLORES
Jeffrey LeFrancois is no longer serving as chief of staff to New York Councilmember Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea), according to automatic replies being broadcast in response to communications sent to Mr. LeFrancois' City Council e-mail account.
The reason for the departure is not known. An attempt to reach Mr. LeFrancois was unsuccessful.
Prior to his post as Councilmember Johnson's chief of staff, Mr. LeFrancois had served in various posts, such as deputy chief of staff, community liaison, and LGBT liaison, for Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, according to a report in Gay City News.
In a shocking, post-2013 election appointment made by the Johnson campaign, Mr. LeFrancois was made Councilmember-elect Johnson's chief of staff, assuming a position that had been widely expected to be given to Johnson campaign manager, R.J. Jordan, according to the Gay City News report.
Attempts to reach Mr. LeFrancois's co-workers, Louis Cholden-Brown and Cece Scott, were not successful. Councilmember Johnson did not immediately answer a request for comment.
In last year's municipal elections, Councilmember Johnson was elected under the specter of questionable electioneering work. Councilmember Johnson's chief Democratic Party primary challenger was government reform advocate Yetta Kurland. In a duplicitous maneuver, the lobbying and consulting firm formerly managing the Kurland campaign, The Advance Group, ended up doing election work in support of the Johnson campaign before the election cycle was over.