De Blasio Is Faulted for Using Security Detail for Personal Benefit

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A city investigation drew criticism by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his use of security details and transporting his children during his presidential campaign.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio misused public resources for political and personal purposes, including deploying his security details for personal visits like taking his daughter to Gracie Mansion, and using his security details for personal visits, according to an ongoing investigation into the city. The city has not reimbursed for security costs from the presidential campaign. Thursday.

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The city spent nearly $320,000 for members of Mr. de Blasio’s security detail to travel on his presidential campaign trips in 2019 – money that has not been returned personally or through his campaign, according to 47-page report of the city’s investigation department.

The report said the use of a police van and personnel to help move Mr. de Blasio’s daughter was an “abuse of NYPD resources for personal gain” and that the police inspector in charge of the family’s security details was “actively involved”. and tried to sabotage this investigation.”

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The report did not say that any laws had been broken, yet the findings still come at an inappropriate time for Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat with three months remaining in office who is actively running for governor. Considering a run. He has faced multiple investigations into fundraising practices in his eight years as mayor, and in 2017 prosecutors raised concerns about him but ultimately decided not to face criminal charges.

Mr de Blasio’s office criticized the report on Thursday, arguing that “citizen investigators” should not be deciding how to keep the mayor and his family safe.

His office said in a statement, “This non-professional report makes the NYPD work for him, but with none of the relevant expertise — and even without interviewing the head of the city’s intelligence department.” Too.” “As a result, we are left with a false report that is based on illegitimate beliefs and a naive vision of the complex security challenges facing elected officials today.”

check the report Mr. de Blasio uses his security detail during his unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2019. The city paid for flights, hotels, food and rental cars for its members during Mr. de Blasio’s travels in Iowa and South Carolina at a cost of about $320,000. That figure does not include pay or overtime for officers.

Mr. de Blasio failed to make much of a splash in the presidential race and was dropped after a few months.

The report made recommendations to prevent future misuse of the mayor’s security details, including advice issued publicly by the Board of Conflicts of Interest issued to elected officials regarding the use of the city’s resources in connection with political activities. Is.

City officials acknowledged in 2019 that the York Police Department’s Executive Security Unit tasked with protecting Mr. de Blasio and his family had helped his daughter, Chiara, move her belongings from an apartment in Brooklyn to Gracie Mansion. He used the city’s police van to move some of his personal belongings, including a rolled-up futon mattress.

Mr. de Blasio has also received criticism for using his security details to drive his son, Dante, between New York City and Yale University in Connecticut. Spies took Dante to or from school at least seven times, York Daily News reported in 2019.

The mayor’s office defended the visits at the time, saying Mr. de Blasio and his family had followed ethical rules, and that their children were guaranteed police protection like the children of previous mayors.

The report blamed the police department for failure to follow “any formal procedure or procedures” or for failing to produce formal records regarding the eligibility of the mayor’s two children for security detail protection. The report said that Dante de Blasio “has not received a specified description since approximately August 2015,” yet was often given protection.

The city’s investigative department previously found in a confidential and heavily revised report that Mr. de Blasio had sought contributions from people who had pending business with the city, a clear violation of the City Charter’s ethical law.

The department investigates the city government, including the executive branch. Mr. de Blasio named his commissioner, Margaret Garnett, a former federal prosecutor, in 2018, and was confirmed by the city council. Mr. de Blasio had succeeded his predecessor, Mark G. Peters was fired after he prepared a series of embarrassing investigative reports for Mr. de Blasio.

Katie Gluck contributed reporting.

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