NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Thousands of letters of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, revealing the daily workings of his first year in office, are now in the city's Municipal Archives.
The correspondence, delivered to the public archives after two years of cataloging, includes behind-the-scenes political deals, a heartfelt plea from Katharine Hepburn and a rare, and salty, apology from hard-nosed political consultant Harold Ickes, reported The New York Post.
Hepburn wrote the mayor on Aug. 25, 1994, urging Giuliani to block the erection of a radio tower across the street from the New York Botanical Garden, saying: "It really does harm. The flowers [are] tying to breathe."
Harold Ickes, a senior adviser to Mayor David Dinkins in 1993, apologized in a May 2, 1994, note for calling Giuliani "a hard-edged (expletive)."
"Everything is going to get washed out in public," said one former Giuliani staffer, regarding the privacy of the letter-writers. "If you write to a public official, you'd better expect what you write is going to become public."