From Fox News:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t say when he’ll repay taxpayers the $320,000 he spent on security services for his failed presidential campaign as he prepares to exit office.
The debt stems from de Blasio’s use of the New York Police Department for security detail on his short-lived campaign, which taxpayers covered, according to a report from the city’s Department of Investigation (DOI). De Blasio also owed hundreds of thousands to a law firm as of Nov. 10 for debts racked up from probes into his fundraising practices.
De Blasio’s office did not respond to a Fox News inquiry asking when he plans to repay the taxpayer money.
Meanwhile, the mayor is dropping money into personal home renovations as he prepares for post-mayoral life, which could include a gubernatorial run.
“Mayor de Blasio earned the reputation as one of the worst mayors in New York City history, and this is one of many reasons why,” Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz told Fox News. “Using the taxpayers’ money, not paying back money that he owed for security for his presidential campaign and simply not taking care of the city.”
NYC taxpayers dished out the cash to cover his security detail on his failed 2019 presidential campaign, even though city resources cannot go towards political endeavors.
De Blasio used Executive Protection Unit (EPU) members, who act as his bodyguards in the city, for protection on the campaign trail. The City reported that he had secretly asked if taxpayers could cover the bill. NYC’s Conflicts of Interest Board denied the mayor’s request.
And in October, NYC’s DOI released a scathing report hitting de Blasio over that setup, among other alleged exploits.
“DOI determined that the City of New York expended $319,794 for the members of Mayor de Blasio’s security detail to travel on the Mayor’s presidential campaign trips, the report states. “Mayor de Blasio has not reimbursed the City for these expenses, either personally or through his campaign.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: 2 NYPD Shot, 1 Stabbed, Mayor Says Protests Remind Him of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
Two members of the NYPD were shot in Brooklyn overnight Monday and another officer stabbed in the neck as protesters defied an 8pm curfew imposed by beleaguered Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The melee unfolded when a suspect approached a cop on Church Avenue near Flatbush Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. and stabbed him in the neck, a police source said,” reports the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the mayor faced a growing backlash after saying the violent situation reminded him of John Lennon’s utopian anthem ‘Imagine.’
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "I don't mean to make light of this but I'm reminded of the song 'Imagine' by John Lennon." pic.twitter.com/ElerZgB2y3
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2020
“I don’t mean to make light of this. But I’m reminded of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. We played it at my inauguration! What about a world where people got along differently? What about a world where we didn’t live with a lot of the restrictions that we live with now,” said De Blasio. “We’re not there yet. The protest movement themselves is how we make progress!”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: 400+ Shootings in NYC Since March, Mayor Says ‘I’m Going to Answer in the Positive!’
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to deflect criticism as violent crime spirals out of control in the nation’s biggest metropolis; saying Big Apple residents must work together to “get past this tough moment in history.”
There have been more than 400 shootings in New York City since March 1st.
“People can ask questions in the negative, I’m going to answer in the positive,” Hizzoner said. “I think this is a little inside baseball, with all due respect.”
— New York Post (@nypost) June 8, 2021
“We are doing what we’ve got to do to set the strategies in place to get past this really tough moment in our city’s history — and we will overcome it,” he added.
“Next they will announce a new program called ‘community policing,'” the person added. “The truth is crime is out of control, these cops feel they have their hands tied and feel no one in City Hall will back them.”
Read the full report at Fox News.