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De Blasio Speaks At Dem Convention Under Cloud Of Multiple Investigations

- July 27, 2016

Mayor De Blasio Is Facing "Multiple Investigations Into His Fundraising And Administration." "Large gaps in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's schedule are now filled with private meetings and calls away from City Hall since multiple investigations into his fundraising and administration began, according to documents and people familiar with the matter." (Josh Dawsey, "New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Distracted By Investigations, Observers Suggest," The Wall Street Journal , 5/26/16)

De Blasio Is Facing "No Fewer Than Five Separate Inquiries" From "At Least Six Different Federal, State And Local Law Enforcement And Regulatory Agencies." "But historians have been hard-pressed to find a mayor who, along with his administration and inner circle, was ever the subject of as many simultaneous investigations - conducted by as many different agencies - as Mayor Bill de Blasio now faces. … In recent weeks, no fewer than five separate inquiries - involving at least six different federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies - have come to light. Four of these investigations are focused on possible violations of criminal law." (William K. Rashbaum, J. David Goodman And William Neuman, "Why Mayor De Blasio Is Facing So Many Investigations," The New York Times, 4/28/16)

One Investigation Centers On De Blasio Funneling Campaign Contributions "Through County Party Committees To Evade Contribution Limits, A Violation Of State Law And A Possible Felony." "Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, in conjunction with federal authorities, is investigating whether Mr. de Blasio, or those acting with him, violated state election law in an effort to raise money to buttress three Democrats running for the State Senate in 2014. In that case, investigators are examining whether donations to the candidates were funneled through county party committees to evade contribution limits, a violation of state law and a possible felony." (William K. Rashbaum, J. David Goodman And William Neuman, "Why Mayor De Blasio Is Facing So Many Investigations," The New York Times, 4/28/16)

Another Investigation "Centered On Gifts And Trips That Senior Police Officials May Have Received From Two Men Who Raised Money For The Mayor." "But the biggest scandal thus far has centered on gifts and trips that senior police officials may have received from two men who raised money for the mayor: Jona S. Rechnitz, a real estate developer, and Jeremiah Reichberg, a businessman and police enthusiast in Borough Park, Brooklyn, who hosted a fund-raiser at his home for Mr. de Blasio in 2014." (William K. Rashbaum, J. David Goodman And William Neuman, "Why Mayor De Blasio Is Facing So Many Investigations," The New York Times, 4/28/16)

Investigators Are Also Looking Into "Any Favorable Municipal Treatment Granted In Exchange" For Campaign Contributions. "With Nyclass, investigators are looking for any favorable municipal treatment granted in exchange for the spending. The principals of Nyclass, beyond being animal-rights activists, also have ties to real estate: Ms. Neu is the chairwoman and chief executive of a real estate and electronics recycling company, Hugo Neu; Mr. Nislick, a parking-garage magnate, became the chief financial officer of Ms. Neu's company in 2014." (William K. Rashbaum, J. David Goodman And William Neuman, "Why Mayor De Blasio Is Facing So Many Investigations," The New York Times, 4/28/16)


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