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The Bobster
06-30-2017, 05:39 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/06/30/de-blasio-to-make-taxpayers-pay-for-his-campaign-probes-legal-fees/

De Blasio to make taxpayers pay for his campaign probe’s legal fees
By Rich Calder
June 30, 2017 | 11:55am

In a sudden reversal, Mayor de Blasio said Friday that he plans to stick taxpayers with nearly $2 million legal bill for lawyers defending him against multiple federal and state investigations into his administration and fundraising.

“After giving this a great deal of thought, it has become increasingly clear that the most appropriate course of action is to let the city cover the costs for legal work tied to my government service, as it
would for any of its employees in a similar situation,” said de Blasio.

But he previously said he would set up a legal defense fund so taxpayers wouldn’t have to pick up the tab.

The mayor said most his legal fees — around $2 million — relate directly to his public service and decision-making in government.

However, he said he would be responsible for coughing up roughly $300,000 to cover his legal defense for actions he took that weren’t related to government work.

The Bobster
07-03-2017, 04:58 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/07/02/malliotakis-meets-with-voters-while-de-blasio-steers-clear/

Malliotakis meets with voters while de Blasio steers clear
By Michael Gartland
July 2, 2017 | 11:56pm

It’s been the Tale of Two Campaigns this 4th of July weekend.

While Mayor de Blasio is laying low — with no public events listed Saturday through Monday — presumptive GOP mayoral nominee Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis pounded the pavement in Queens and Manhattan to drum up votes.

Malliotakis, who became the likely Republican candidate last week after real estate millionaire Paul Massey dropped out of the race, started the day at Bagel and Co. in Queens Village where she glad-handed with voters and gave out palm cards.

“Our mayor has a history of taking it easy,” she said before noshing on an egg-and-cheese bagel. “Whether it’s on the campaign trail or whether it’s actually at City Hall, he’s not known to be a very hard worker.”

Days after being a no-show after an A train derailment Tuesday and after announcing Friday city taxpayers would pick up the tab for his legal bills, de Blasio took a weekend-long breather.

“There are no public events scheduled,” his office wrote in a June 30 email about his public calendar.

The de Blasio campaign put out an email fundraising blast Sunday focusing on Malliotakis’ support for President Trump.

She called the pairing a “cheap shot,” noting that she initially backed Sen. Marco Rubio before casting a ballot for the president.

The de Blasio campaign fired back in kind, describing her suggestion that Hizzoner is lazy as a “cheap, dishonest attack.”

“Everyone knows being mayor of New York City is a 24/7 job,” said campaign spokesman Phil Walzak. “Mayor de Blasio works all day, every day.”

Malliotakis also took a break Saturday, but plans to make calls for campaign contributions Monday and will attend the women’s hot dog eating contest in Coney Island and a July 4th parade on Staten Island on Tuesday.

De Blasio plans to march Tuesday in the Travis 4th of July Parade on Staten Island.

At her second stop Sunday, Malliotakis appeared to make at least a couple of voters worth of headway in Astoria, a Democratic stronghold.

“I hope she wins,” said Patricia Antista, 62, of Woodside. “He’s an idiot. And now we’re going to pay his lawyers? He ought to go get a job.”

Others who spoke to Malliotakis — including registered Democrat John Grace — were more skeptical, but said they’d keep an open mind.

“It’s still so early,” said Grace, 48, of Astoria. “I don’t know yet.”

Asked if he’s happy with Hizzoner so far, he replied: “not particularly.”

De Blasio’s passive campaign approach might be the smartest one though, according to veteran political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who handicapped the mayor as the heavy favorite Sunday during an interview on AM 970.

“The mayor appears, frankly, to be very, very much in charge of the outcome of this campaign,” he said. “It is extraordinarily difficult to defeat an incumbent mayor.”

Sheinkopf later told The Post that de Blasio “is under no pressure to campaign full throttle.”

“He doesn’t have a primary challenge. If we wants to campaign, he can campaign in September,” he said.​