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Old 12-28-2017, 10:10 AM
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https://nypost.com/2017/12/28/de-bla...clusive-party/

De Blasio fundraiser pulled strings to get crooked donor’s pal into exclusive party
By Rich Calder
December 28, 2017 | 10:43am

Mayor de Blasio’s fundraiser pulled major strings to get a crooked donor’s pal a last-minute invitation an exclusive party at Gracie Mansion, newly released emails reveal.

Ross Offinger fired off an email to City Hall event organizers on April 12, 2014, on behalf of deep-pocketed (((Jona Rechnitz))), who has since pled guilty to bribing NYPD and city officials.

The email – titled “Have a big donor friend of Jona Rechnitz who wants to come tonight” — sought to add philanthropist Russell Galbut to the guest list for a barbeque being thrown later that evening at Gracie Mansion for the Democratic National Convention 2016 selection committee. It asks, “can we make an exception?”

Offinger came to the rescue shortly after Rechnitz himself attempted to get Galbut added as his guest but was shot down because the event was overbooked. Apparently annoyed over not getting his way, Rechnitz emailed back the mayor’s office to say “count me out” and let Offinger know how peeved he was by ccing him.

Michael Carey, director of the Mayor’s Office for Special Projects and Community Events, later in the day replied to Offinger, “Let me get back to you. We are WAYYYYY over capacity.”

However, he eventually caved in and said via email Rechnitz could bring Galbut.

Offinger then replied, “Hero!!! Many many thanks. You have one of the toughest gigs in public service!”

The emails were obtained by The Post through the Freedom of Information Law and were among thousands of pages of correspondences by city officials related to de Blasio’s now-shuttered fundraising nonprofit Campaign for One New York.

Offinger hung up the phone on a reporter seeking comment, but de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips downplayed Offinger’s actions.

“It was an event to court potential DNC donors for a convention that would have been a good economic thing for New York City,” Phillips said. “Naturally, members of the political donor class were encouraged to attend.”

Rechnitz was the government’s star witness earlier this year in the bribery trial of former city correction officer union president Norman Seabrook. He offered bombshell testimony about pay-to-play activities at City Hall that sometimes overshadowed the allegations against Seabrook.

Rechnitz testified about having a tight relationship with de Blasio and Offinger, and about his ability to get his problems solved based on how much he donated to the mayor’s pet causes.

He also said under oath that the mayor personally hit him up for a $102,000 donation for a failed bid to help Democrats wrest control of the state Senate and that the two spoke on the phone once a week.

Rechnitz also proved to be a generous donor to de Blasio, shelling out $50,000 to Campaign for One New York, and giving another $9,900 to his 2013 mayoral campaign with his wife.

De Blasio has labeled Rechnitz as a “liar” and a “felon” who shouldn’t be trusted.
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:21 PM
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https://nypost.com/2017/12/27/emails...e-progressive/

Emails show de Blasio was pushed to be more progressive
By Yoav Gonen
December 27, 2017 | 3:04pm | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio had to be pressured to expand his national progressive platform in 2015 — or risk the loss of critical support from commie coon advocates — to include Social Security expansion, debt-free college and dealing with mass incarceration, according to newly released emails.

Among those who only signed on to the initiative after the mayor agreed to highlight those issues in his May 12, 2015, national agenda roll-out were Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Demos president Heather McGhee and CNN commentator Van Jones.

Just four days before de Blasio’s big announcement in Washington, DC, Jones told the mayor that tackling mass incarceration was critical for support of his plan to combat income inequality.

“I am not the only black leader who will be disappointed to see the key economic issue that is crushing our dreams omitted from a Bill DiBlasio [sic] document,” Jones wrote de Blasio on May 8, 2015.

“Women’s, students’ and immigrants’ economic issues are rightfully included. But not the economic issue that has propelled the #BlackLivesMatter onto the global stage? No economic vision that fails to address the mass incarceration crisis can be called progressive.”


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The emails show that Jones and de Blasio communicated numerous times by phone and email over the next three days, at which point the mayor agreed to a number of compromises — including announcing that mass incarceration would be added to his agenda.

“We all agree that your proposal represents a constructive offer and a good-faith attempt to accommodate the many concerns that people have raised inside and outside of this process. Therefore, we do want to move forward,” Jones wrote on May 11 on behalf of a number of prominent African-American leaders.

“At the end of the week, we will re-evaluate whether sufficient progress has been made to remain supportive of this effort.”

The emails also show that a top consultant to de Blasio on his national agenda — John del Cecato of AKPD — worked to get McGhee and Ellison on board by committing to adding the expansion of Social Security and debt-free college to the preliminary platform.

An email from McGhee suggests her support came at the last minute.

“I talked to Van [Jones] and he said that [de Blasio] said that he would announce that [Social Security] expansion, debt-free college and mass incarceration would be added to the document by the end of the week. If you can confirm that, John, I am deeply relieved and will get back on the train both literally and figuratively to stand by the Mayor in DC tomorrow,” McGhee wrote.

The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Law request seeking communications between the mayor’s office and del Cecato — one of the five so-called “agents of the city” who acted as private advisers to the mayor.

The latest batch of documents showed members of the administration working feverishly to get prominent elected officials and advocates to sign on to the agenda ahead of the announcement.

A transcript of the mayor’s statements on May 12 shows he presented the three issues as “key planks” that would be added to his initial agenda.

“We’re going to address issues like the expansion of Social Security. We’re going to address debt-free college. We’re going to find ways to make sure we’re investing in schools, not jails ,” he said at the time. “We look forward to working on these priorities in the days immediately ahead, and building this movement all over the country.”

The mayor’s national agenda push took a massive hit later that year when a planned presidential forum in Iowa collapsed because there was no interest from the candidates.

A website that formerly contained that agenda now displays an error message, and a senior de Blasio aide wrote to other top advisers in an email in January 2016 that “I think we need to talk [The progressive agenda] 2.0, what it looks like and how it fits into overall plan.”

Requests for comment sent to Jones, McGhee, del Cecato and a spokesman for Ellison weren’t immediately returned.

A spokesman for de Blasio declined comment.
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Old 12-29-2017, 04:42 PM
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https://nypost.com/2017/12/28/de-bla...ferry-service/

De Blasio defends NYC’s troubled ferry service
By Michael Gartland, Amy Russo and Bruce Golding
December 28, 2017 | 10:25pm | Updated

What the hull?

Mayor de Blasio said Thursday he saw no serious safety issues with his foundering ferry fleet — claiming that two groundings in little more than a month weren’t a sign of danger to passengers.

De Blasio blamed both fateful trips — including the one that stranded 23 passengers on a sandbar off the Rockaways for nearly six hours Wednesday night — on “human error,” but insisted they were overshadowed by demand for the ferry service.

“There’s no question it’s safe. We have ample evidence it’s safe, and we’re going to continue to make sure the service is run well,” he declared at an unrelated news conference at NYPD headquarters.

“I have no idea why in these two instances specifically these mistakes were made… but you guys, you gotta look at the totality of something that’s now been going on quite a while and has a huge number of riders.”

Officials wouldn’t say who was at the helm Wednesday. The city’s Economic Development Corp. — which arranged and oversees the NYC Ferry service — said the unidentified captain “has been taken off duty pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Co-workers told The Post the captain hadn’t piloted an NYC Ferry boat for some time before Wednesday and may have been unfamiliar with the waters where he ran aground.

The captain was brought in to replace the route’s regular captain, an experienced mariner known as “Danny,” who called out ahead of his Wednesday shift, one worker said.

“Danny’s really good. He wasn’t driving. He usually drives,” the worker said.

The captain who plowed another NYC Ferry boat into an underwater pile field in the East River on Nov. 27 — previously identified by sources as Michael Sabatino — hasn’t returned to the helm and is currently assigned to other duties, the EDC said.

While de Blasio insisted he didn’t consider either incident “acceptable,” he noted that no one got hurt — and suggested it was “ample evidence” that riding NYC Ferry boats wasn’t dangerous.

“People are safe because people all came out of it safe. That’s the answer,” he said about Wednesday’s incident.

Rescue efforts stretched into the night because water in the area was so shallow that the passengers and crew had to be shuttled on inflatable dinghies — in windy temperatures in the mid-teens — to an FDNY boat.

The mayor also downplayed the corrosion and leaks that sidelined six ferries last month — as exclusively revealed by The Post, and initially denied by City Hall — as “a few issues with a few boats.”

Only one of those boats has returned to service, with repairs to the others “nearing completion,” according to the EDC.

De Blasio also repeatedly pointed to the popularity of the maritime commuter service that began operating in May with $325 million in taxpayer subsidies.

“We’ve had a huge level of demand for the ferries. They’ve worked well,” he said.

“There were times where we had too much demand, and we had to adjust and we did adjust. Safety has not been a problem here.”

The captain in Wednesday’s incident strayed about one-third of a mile off course shortly after leaving the Rockaway terminal at 5:15 p.m. en route to Wall Street’s Pier 11, sources said.

“That’s something investigators will look at during the investigation,” Skye Ostreicher, a spokeswoman for ferry operator Hornblower, said in a prepared statement.

“Safety is our number one priority, and we will continue to review our training programs in order to ensure rider and crew safety.”

The ferry, named the Flyer, was in dry dock yesterday at the North River Shipyard in Upper Nyack.

It won’t carry passengers again until it’s been inspected and cleared by the US Coast Guard, the EDC said.

Hornblower is trying to make amends by giving each of Flyer’s passengers a yearly ferry pass, a $50 Uber credit and a dinner-and-movie package at the iPic Theater at the South Street Seaport.

Three Rangers fans who were headed to Madison Square Garden to watch the Blueshirts take on the Washington Capitals — but missed the game — will also be reimbursed for the cost of their tickets and receive reservations for a future game, the company said.

The National Hockey League is also treating the trio to six tickets to the NHL Winter Classic game between the Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Day, along with a VIP tour of preparations at Citi Field.

League exec Keith Watchtel said he decided to bestow the “belated Christmas gift” while reading about the fans’ misadventure in The Post during his Thursday morning train ride.

“They were wearing Rangers jerseys and realized they missed a great 1-0 Rangers win in their first game back from the holidays,” he said.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:43 AM
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https://nypost.com/2017/12/30/de-bla...d-term-begins/

De Blasio will get a pay raise when second term begins
By Anna Sanders
December 30, 2017 | 1:34pm

Mayor de Blasio will get a fat 15 percent raise when his second term begins Monday – bumping his salary from $225,000 to $258,750 a year.

The $33,750 boost is more than the annual salary of a full-time worker making the city’s roughly $13 minimum wage.

“Oh, that’s way, way too much money for the mayor,” said David Schermerhorn of VOCAL New York, a group that works with low-income New Yorkers. “That’s corporate America money.”

De Blasio authorized his cushy new salary two years ago by signing legislation that gave city pols a retroactive raise starting January 2016.

But he refused to accept any pay hike during his first term because he convened the advisory commission that recommended higher salaries for the city’s elected officials. When he signed the City Council legislation in February 2016, he said raising the mayor’s salary “is appropriate for the next term.”

City Council members ended up going $10,185 above the recommendation for their own salaries to give themselves a whopping 32 percent raise, from $112,500 to $148,500.

De Blasio’s billionaire predecessor Mayor Bloomberg took $1 a year in pay.

“The new salary is not out of line,” said E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, noting $258,000 is about equal to the $130,000 Mayor Koch got his last year in office after adjusting for inflation.

“Koch, in retrospect, was worth it,” McMahon said. “Whether that applies to Bill de Blasio obviously is a matter of opinion.”

Cops’ union boss Pat Lynch is of the opinion that he is not.

“Mayor de Blasio has once again demonstrated the height of hypocrisy,” the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president fumed. “While he is among the highest paid mayors in the country, his police force is near the bottom. While he takes a 15 percent raise … he has offered the women and men who keep our streets safe 42 months of no raises.”

De Blasio’s office had no comment.
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Will de Blasio bungle another Staten Island pool project?
By Anna Sanders
December 30, 2017 | 10:48pm

It’s the mayor’s goof that keeps on giving.

Back in 2014, the Salvation Army announced it would use $90 million in donations from the estate of McDonald’s heiress Joan Kroc to build a recreation center in a needy Staten Island neighborhood. All the city had to do was pony up $20 million in seed money to get the project up and running.

But after two years of City Hall stalling, the charity got fed up and pulled its donation. Staten Island and its Borough President Jimmy Oddo were livid at Mayor de Blasio for the screw-up.

So to make it up, de Blasio in April 2016 pledged $50 million for Staten Island’s first public indoor pool — which now has the makings of Boondoggle No. 2.

A draft internal memo obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information Law request shows the three most viable plans have ballooned in cost.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” Oddo fumed. “This will go down as one of the worst missed opportunities of our collective tenures.”

Building a new Olympic-sized pool at the Goodhue Center or the Michael J. Petrides School would cost upwards of $80 million on top of the original $50 million, according to a Feb. 3 draft memo by Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Adding an indoor pool to the outdoor Lyons Pool could cost $30 million over the original $50 million. The cheapest option — turning Lyons into an indoor pool — is within the $50 million pricetag, but the city dismissed it as the “least optimal.”

City Hall spokeswoman Natalie Grybauskas said the memo’s numbers don’t reflect the pool’s final cost.

“Staten Island deserves an indoor pool, and that’s why we’ve already committed $50M in funding,” Grybauskas said in a statement. “The rest of the cost will be determined by the size of the pool and its location.”
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