By LOUIS FLORES
Nine months before Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. (D-Manhattan) dropped their respective corruption investigations into the campaign finance activities of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City), a key campaign contributor of Mayor de Blasio, Jona Rechnitz, pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a criminal conspiracy. The admission was made in a criminal Information statement filed in Manhattan Federal Court on 06 June 2016. News of the criminal Information statement was first noted in a report published by The New York Daily News.
During the conduct of the reported wide-ranging, Federal corruption investigation, prosecutors or investigators filed charges or assessed fines against some of Mayor de Blasio's key political supporters, such as the lobbying firm The Advance Group, NY-CLASS, Jeremy Reichberg, and several top officers at the New York Police Department. The probes exposed a pattern and practise at the NYPD of expediting the processing of gun permits in exchange for bribes, amongst other findings. When Acting U.S. Attorney Kim made the no-charges announcement of the de Blasio administration, the top Federal prosecutor for New York's southern district said in a statement, in relevant part, that Mayor de Blasio had "made or directed inquiries to relevant City agencies on behalf of" his political donors. In the political shake-up that followed the firt revelations of the reported wide-ranging, Federal corruption investigation, several senior administration officials resigned, including former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton.
Election-year media strategy is failing Mayor de Blasio
To deflect attention from the corruption investigations, the murderous, racial conflict that is playing out in New York City, and the growing anti-Semitic threats against Jewish community centers, Mayor de Blasio has been making State-wide policy proposals that have been described by Crain's New York Business as being unable to garner support in Albany, such as for a mansion tax. After Mayor de Blasio's television advertismement-friendly, 2013 mayoral campaign, grassroots advocates for police reform, including Erica Garner, have faulted Mayor de Blasio for not following through as mayor on his politicised use of the language for reform.
In the face of Mayor de Blasio's assertion that his administration is transparent, he has come under fire for refusing to appoint a panel patterned after the Knapp Commission to publicly investigate the NYPD, the forced dismissal of a whistleblower at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the dismissal of a senior administrator at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services who was questioned by prosecutors, the decision to appeal a Court order for the release of public records, his refusal to take off-topic questions from reporters during staged press conferences, and his decision to boycott news outlets, which have published reports that have been critical of his administration's record.
- Daniel Dromm co-sponsored discretionary funds for NYPD training program linked to Jona Rechnitz [Progress Queens]
- Despite attempts to restore public faith in NYPD, Bharara won't publicly assure integrity in Bratton's appointment [Progress Queens]
- A return of grass-eaters and meat-eaters at the NYPD, but none of the transparency of the Knapp Commission [Progress Queens]
- UPDATED : FBI, IAB arrest top NYPD brass, Jeremy Reichberg in latest developments of Federal corruption probe [Progress Queens]
- Seabrook, Huberfeld arrested, charged by Feds in bribery scheme involving union investments [Progress Queens]
- Top cops joined Mile High Club with sex worker on private jet to Vegas [The New York Post]
- This sex worker was used to bribe NYPD cops with group sex [The New York Post]