NYPD detail attributed to de Blasio traveled with him across the country, carrying him as he campaigned for president in 2019, even though city rules limit the use of official vehicles for political travel to trips in or around New York City.
The inquest is the latest investigation to uncover that de Blasio has played fast and loose with the ethics rules and comes as he considers a potential gubernatorial candidacy.
The NYPD spent $ 319,794 traveling to of Blasio’s security detail outside New York – expenses for flights, hotels, rental cars, gas and meals. Neither de Blasio personally nor his campaign refunded the money. The figure only takes into account travel expenses, not overtime and salaries paid to detectives on campaign trips.
Several cops on the details and an NYPD sprinter van were used to help de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, when she moved from an apartment in Sunset Park to return with her parents to Gracie Mansion. A detective helped move a futon belonging to the first girl, according to the report.
The detail has also led Dante de Blasio on several occasions to Yale University in the absence of the mayor or his wife, Chirlane McCray, according to investigators. And for several months in 2019 and 2020, after Dante graduated from college and returned to Gracie Mansion, they drove him every day to work in Brooklyn.
Redmond, the retail chief, refused for months to hand over his city-issued phone, deliberately sought to destroy his NYPD phone after he was told to return it, and deleted communications from two phones, according to the reports. investigators. He also gave testimony in an interview with DOI that was not credible.
DOI commissioner Margaret Garnett told a press conference on Thursday that the mayor’s office did not have a clear policy on how details should be used.
“This is frankly just an invitation to corruption and waste of public resources,” she said.
De Blasio lambasted the report on Thursday.
“I am literally shocked at the number of inaccuracies in this report,” de Blasio told reporters at a separate press conference.
His spokesperson also criticized the investigation.
“Intelligence and security experts should decide how to keep the mayor and his family safe, not civilian investigators,” Danielle Filson said in a statement.
âThis unprofessional report purports to do the NYPD’s job for them, but without any relevant expertise – and without even interviewing the official who runs the city’s intelligence,â she said. âAs a result, we are left with an inaccurate report, based on illegitimate assumptions and a naÃ¯ve view of the complex security challenges faced by elected officials today.
Garnett dismissed the criticism.
âI don’t think a mayor interested in an independent and effective DOI would say that,â she said.
The mayor and his family members receive frequent threats, according to his office – with 308 recorded during his tenure, including dozens specifically referring to his family.