Queens District Legal professional Melinda Katz tasked her publicly funded safety element with serving to her transfer — just like former Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s documented misuse of his safety workforce.
The highest Queens prosecutor’s use of her safety element was paying homage to how de Blasio — who just lately introduced he’s operating for a Home seat — employed the taxpayer-funded perk for private functions whereas mayor, together with shifting his daughter.
In October, a damning metropolis Division of Investigation probe discovered that de Blasio used the Govt Safety Unit to carry out “errands” for him and his household — together with serving to his daughter transfer and chauffeuring his son. An NYPD van was used to maneuver his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, from her Brooklyn residence into Gracie Mansion in 2018, in keeping with former DOI head Margaret Garnett’s report.
Below de Blasio, the Govt Safety unit had additionally was an “basically a concierge service,” for the mayor’s grownup son, Dante de Blasio, Garnett lamented.
“It’s no approach to run a railroad,” she mentioned throughout a press convention after the investigation’s launch.
Moreover, then-First Woman Chirlane McCray’s element transported private gadgets — an act that amounted to a “misuse of NYPD sources for a private profit,” the investigation discovered.
DOI’s 49-page investigation discovered the NYPD in 2019 paid about $320,000 to comply with de Blasio on the presidential marketing campaign path, together with a beforehand reported journey to a Crimson Sox sport in Los Angeles.
Nearer to residence, de Blasio tasked the EPU with driving a “visitor” who’s a “political analyst and good friend who labored on his mayoral marketing campaign” from the Higher East Aspect to the place she was staying on the Higher West Aspect.
In sum, the investigation concluded that de Blasio’s actions and the NYPD’s administration of his safety amounted to “potential violations of the New York Metropolis Conflicts of Curiosity Legislation, lapses in greatest practices, corruption vulnerabilities, and inefficient makes use of of public sources.”
After the DOI report was launched, de Blasio claimed it contained “inconsistencies” and “inaccuracies” with out pointing to any particular errors.
Throughout an October press convention, the Democrat insisted that utilizing the EPU to shuttle a visitor throughout Manhattan was “within the public curiosity.”
“I believed, for instance, if somebody had come for an interview for a job in New York Metropolis … got here for a job interview, we wished somebody to come back be a part of us in public service, and did them the courtesy of dropping them off the place they had been staying, I feel that’s knowledgeable courtesy, it’s within the public’s curiosity, ’trigger it’s about displaying somebody we worth them and wish them to come back be a part of us,” he advised reporters.
De Blasio additionally criticized metropolis investigators for not interviewing Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller, who heads the division’s intelligence, counter-terrorism and public affairs divisions.
In response to de Blasio’s complaints, Garnett mentioned on NY1, “Whenever you see a sample of conduct and a tradition that public sources can be found on your private profit, that’s extremely destabilizing to good authorities, it’s not a very good use of the general public’s cash.”
Garnett additionally famous the then-mayor didn’t specify any specific errors in her report as he moaned about it.
“I’ve but to listen to any identification of the claimed factual inaccuracies.”
As The Submit completely reported Sunday, Katz probably flouted ethics guidelines by assigning her bodyguards to assist haul her belongings into her new residence.