Mayor abused family security details, campaign

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio abused city resources by spending more than $ 300,000 on out-of-city travel costs for security details when he failed presidential election and letting his adult son use his police security details as a free taxi service, investigators concluded in a report released Thursday.

Irregularities cited in the city’s investigation department report included the use of a police van to transport a futon when de Blasio’s daughter Chiara moved from a Brooklyn apartment to Gracie Mansion in August 2018. and the use of members of the mayor. security team to drive her son, Dante, to and from Yale University and around New York City.

Blasio’s two children were entitled to full-time protection, but refused it as adults, according to the report.

Dante de Blasio’s frequent use of agents from the Mayor’s Security Service for transportation did not stem from any security concerns “but was instead driven by a combination of Dante’s preferences and the availability of staff who were otherwise affected. to the mayor, “the investigators concluded. .

Additionally, investigators found that the New York Police Department paid $ 319,794 to have de Blasio’s security details move out of New York City during the 2019 presidential campaign trips, money that has not been refunded.

“Intelligence and security experts should decide how to ensure the safety of the mayor and his family, not civilian investigators,” replied Danielle Filson, spokeswoman for the mayor.

Filson said the report was “based on illegitimate assumptions and a naïve view of the complex security challenges facing elected officials today.”

A message requesting comment has been sent to the police department.

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