Mayor de Blasio tapped a violent felon to a senior role in his administration’s Community Affairs Unit.
Maceo H. Karriem, 29, served as Brooklyn borough director of the unit, according to his (now deleted) LinkedIn page. Social media pages show him proudly wearing a jacket with the office logo, which he joined in September.
The CAU is responsible for building relationships with local communities and constituents and helping them swallow whatever ideas should come out of City Hall. In his role, Karriem frequently interacted with local constituents.
His rap sheet, however, was long. It began in June 2009, when he was 17 years old and busted for allegedly stealing an iPod while forcing three victims to stand against the wall at 61st street and Laurel Hill Boulevard in Queens.
Karriem “told them he would bust their head if they didn’t face the wall” the police report reads. He pled guilty to felony robbery a month later and was sentenced to a year in jail, according a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney.
In September 2011, he was busted again for violating an order of protection and pled guilty to contempt of court. He was sentenced to an additional 60 days in jail, the DA’s office said. The violation resulted after Karriem allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, grabbed her hand and twisted her thumb, causing her to be hospitalized.
A final run-in with the law came in September 2019 when a 34-year-old woman in Queens called the police and said Karriem “broke the chain on the door to her apartment and struck her numerous times with closed fists.” She sustained an injury to her nose and facial swelling.
Karriem was arrested and initially charged with assault and harassment, according to an NYPD spokesman. There is no public record of how the case was resolved.
Karriem – an active Democrat who was president of the LaGuardia Community College Democrats and later worked as an assistant to former Queens Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright — did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
It’s not totally clear how Karriem landed the job, but he may have been recommended by a City Hall connection.
With de Blasio’s exit approaching, insiders said the office has been hit with staff departures and struggled to fill open positions. They said Karriem created an uncomfortable working environment and should never have been allowed on board.
“It’s an extremely poor reflection on the office of the mayor,” one frustrated de Blasio aide told The Post
Steps were taken internally to limit his responsibilities and keep him from meeting the mayor, the insider said.
A second former senior aide said the CAU almost certainly would have run a background check before hiring Karriem — and was likely aware of his criminal history.
A Facebook page for Karriem is littered with Democrat and social justice messaging. Just months after allegedly punching a woman, he posted a link to city resources about how to identity and stop domestic violence.
Days after The Post began making inquires to the mayor’s office, the city fired him.
“This employee was let go earlier this week for performance issues,” a rep for de Blasio told The Post. City Hall refused to answer questions about the performance issues or what they knew about his criminal history.