Bill de Blasio: Taking KICKBACKS for Pay-to-Play in NYC

Bill De Blasio is just another example of the crooked nature of Democrats.

And his shenanigans have caught up to him.

Watch as he dodges reporters who want to know about his relationship with a convicted criminal who bought access to city hall.

Reporters mobbed Mayor Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn on Friday as he made his first public appearance since Thursday’s bombshell pay-to-play testimony by disgraced donor pal Jona Rechnitz.

But despite their shouted questions — including “What’s your price, Mr. Mayor?” from a certain local broadsheet — all de Blasio did was quicken his pace.

And smile, smile, smile.

“Mr. Mayor, does Jona Rechnitz have your cellphone number?” came one shouted question, as Hizzoner and his entourage strode half a block down 60th Street toward his waiting SUV on Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park.

“Did he call you on your cellphone?”

“He testified he called you every week, Mr. Mayor. Did he call you every week?”

Still more smiles from the mayor.

“He’s not taking questions right now,” a man in the mayor’s entourage shouted back. “No questions.”

De Blasio had landed in Sunset Park’s Chinatown neighborhood in order to hold an afternoon press conference announcing plans for the construction of a Friendship Archway.

But all anyone among almost a dozen attendant reporters wanted to know about was Rechnitz, who was testifying for the second day in the Manhattan federal bribery trial of former city corrections union chief Norman Seabrook — and dropping stink bomb after stink bomb, claiming he bought off the Mayor’s Office and the Police Department.

“When will you talk, Mayor, about this?” another reporter shouted as de Blasio neared his car.

“You said you barely knew him, was that a lie?” asked another.

And with that — and one final smile — de Blasio got into his car and drove off.

“Thank you!” shouted an aide.

Jona Rechnitz revealed that he gained access:

The New York Post reported:

The first video, which Rechnitz shot with his cell phone, shows him smoking a stogie in then-NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks’ office at One Police Plaza. He was there with his businessman pal Jeremy Reichberg. Also present were NYPD Deputy Chiefs Michael Harrington and David Colon.

Smoking is banned at 1PP.

“Jeremy and I were excited we were in there smoking cigars,” Rechnitz told a Manhattan federal jury Friday when asked why he took the phone footage.

The second video, which Rechnitz also shot, shows him dining with a dozing Banks, Reichberg and Seabrook in Jerusalem during a March 2014 trip that Rechnitz paid for.

Rechnitz testified that his ties to Banks helped him get what he wanted by NYPD rank-and-file.

It also opened the door for him to meet — and then woo — Seabrook, who he met through Banks, he said.

Seabrook stands accused of accepting a $60,000 bribe from Rechnitz on behalf of hedge fund pal Murray Huberfeld. In exchange, Seabrook funneled $20 million of the NYC correction officers’ union’s money into Huberfeld’s hedge fund, Platinum Partners.

Pushed to address the issue, De Blasio finally issued a statement:

Jona Rechnitz is a liar and a felon. It’s as simple as that,” de Blasio told reporters at a hastily arranged press conference Saturday on a Brooklyn sidewalk. “He’s a convicted criminal.”

He called Rechnitz’s testimony about weekly phone calls with the mayor “false” — but bristled at a reporter’s suggestion that he produce phone records to prove it.

“The issues have been reviewed in very careful detail by a number of different authorities, there was in intensive investigation, the authorities passed on taking any further actions in those investigations,” de Blasio said. “Rehashing stories doesn’t make them true.”

As you consider what De Blasio said, think of Hillary Clinton’s denials. Then think of Harvey Weinstein, and how long he was able to get away with what he did.

Such is the way Leftists work.





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