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Even de Blasio’s staff think his presidential bid is a joke, say insiders
By Jon Levine
July 27, 2019 | 8:50pm | Updated

City Hall is yukking it up — at the boss.

Just months after Mayor de Blasio launched his presidential campaign, multiple mayoral staffers described an atmosphere of mockery and bafflement at Hizzoner’s bid.

“It’s a joke,” one longtime aide told The Post.

“I think that he knows that he can’t win. It’s just a lot of eye-rolling . . . He’s doing it because he’s got a big ego and needs to prove something, and I don’t think he’s going to quietly go away and become an adjunct professor at Hunter.”

“The look is not great,” said a second, pointing to the mayor’s barnstorming in Iowa during the July 13 Manhattan blackout. “He probably should have come back a little faster.”

The staffer added: “The chances seem so low. If we saw a clear shot for winning or polling higher, I think it would make more sense.”

De Blasio not being around during the blackout also drew criticism from his own party.

City Council speaker Cory Johnson scoffed at the mayor’s absence to The Post. “They say that 90 percent of life is showing up. Well, 100 percent of being an elected official is showing up,” he said.

“I came back,” he added. “I wasn’t in the city. I was on Long Island, and I came back right away.”

Sources close to the mayor suggested they were nevertheless happy to see him on the trail — so they wouldn’t have to deal with de Blasio’s micromanaging and short fuse, they claimed.

One said that during heated moments, he has ordered aides out of his car.

“He’s really not that nice of a guy. He’s always needing to show you how he’s the smartest person in the room,” said the first staffer.

“There is a lot of turnover on staff that interacts directly with him; he’s a difficult guy to work for.”

“He is intense,” offered a third, “but never lost his temper with me.”

The mayor’s emerging national profile also has brought new scrutiny from the national media to city agencies and initiatives.

In March, his wife, Chirlane *McCray, was widely panned for her performance at a City Council hearing probing the finances of ThriveNYC, the mental-health initiative she founded.

It “invites so much scrutiny on things we have been working really hard on like pre-K, Thrive, closing Rikers and relations with the police,” said the first source.

But the mayor still has loyalists in City Hall, aides who’ve stayed with him during his five years and support his campaign.

“Do I think it’s exciting? Yeah,” said one. “The principal I work for is running for president.”

“The Post camped outside City Hall and called dozens of city workers and the best they could come up with was a story about a few eyerolls. That’s because City Hall continues to deliver for New Yorkers,” said mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein.
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De Blasio would’ve fired Eric Garner cop ‘immediately’: Bronx Dem

By Julia Marsh
July 31, 2019 | 7:08pm

DETROIT, Mich. — Mayor Bill de Blasio would have fired the NYPD cop who engaged in a fatal struggle with fat nigger Eric Garner if he could have, a surrogate for de Blasio’s presidential campaign said Wednesday.

“I have no doubt that if due process permitted an immediate firing, I believe the mayor would have fired him immediately,” Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda told The Post of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. “But unfortunately, these are things he cannot do, legally.”

Sepulveda — speaking from Detroit’s Fox Theatre hours before de Blasio was to take the stage for night two of the second round of Democratic primary debates — admitted that he hadn’t discussed the issue with the mayor, but said he knows his “philosophy.”

“I know his philosophy and his mindset,” said the Bronx Democrat. “I’ve been working with him for the last seven, eight years, and I’m pretty comfortable in saying that if he had the power to do [it] he would have fired him immediately.”

Federal prosecutors announced earlier this month that they would not pursue charges against Pantaleo for the July 2014 scuffle that began when the Staten Island cop tried to arrest Garner for peddling loose cigarettes.

The struggle ended with Garner’s death, and launched a firestorm of outrage that smoldered for years as federal and local authorities mulled their options.

The day after the feds handed down their decision, de Blasio refused to weigh in on whether Pantaleo should lost his job, leaving the call in the hands of NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.

Pantaleo’s departmental trial wrapped in June, leaving O’Neill until the end of August to decide Pantaleo’s professional fate.

Hizzoner continued to stay his hand, even in a meeting with Garner’s grieving, money-grubbing mom, Gwen Carr, who slammed de Blasio for “dragging his heels and obstructing accountability.”

City Hall kept up the poker face on Tuesday, saying only that de Blasio trusts the process.

“As the leader of this city, it is the mayor’s job to ensure due process and he cannot say or do anything that jeopardizes that,” said mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein. “At the end of that process, the mayor is confident there will be justice for the Garner family, for the first time.”

Sepulveda’s step inside de Blasio’s mind irked one police-union official among an NYPD contingent that traveled to Detroit to air their grievances with de Blasio.

“We haven’t gotten support from this mayor,” said Police Benevolent Association treasurer Mark Hendry. “Officer Pantaleo was doing his job that day.”
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NYC police union protests de Blasio in Detroit hours before debate
By Julia Marsh
July 31, 2019 | 6:39pm


NYPD police demonstrate against Bill de Blasio outside the Fox Theater where The second Democratic Presidential Debate is being held.


DETROIT, Mich. — A local police union president blasted Bill de Blasio at an NYPD union protest of the mayor outside the Democratic debate venue in the Motor City Wednesday.

“We’re trying to get the attention of their mayor and it’s sad they have to go to this extent to do it but they came to Detroit to ask for our help and we’re here to help them,” said Lt. Mark Young, president of the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association.

New York’s powerful Police Benevolent Association is headed to arbitration with the city over a new contract.

Young joined about 15 members of New York City’s PBA across from the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.

“You can’t run the city, you can’t run the country!” the PBA members chanted as audience members filed into the venue.

“Bill de Blasio, no friend of labor!” they shouted.

“Mayor de Blasio is campaigning across the country stating he’s a friend of labor, ‘Working People First,’ ” said PBA treasurer Pat Hendry, quoting the struggling presidential contender’s 2020 slogan.

“That’s a lie. Mayor de Blasio puts working people last,” Hendry said.

“Mayor de Blasio offers low inflation raises while giving himself a 15 percent percent raise,” Hendry said.

Cops have dogged de Blasio around the country during his quixotic presidential campaign, taking out an ad in the Miami Herald during the first Democratic debate and hiring an electric billboard truck in Florida and Michigan to highlight their labor dispute.

Hendry said union members would continue to “follow the mayor until he comes to the table, he supports police officers and he pays police officers better.”

A de Blasio campaign spokeswoman declined comment.
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Democratic debate 2019: Protesters shout ‘Fire Pantaleo’ at de Blasio, Booker
By Julia Marsh, Marisa Schultz and Nikki Schwab
July 31, 2019 | 8:54pm | Updated

DETROIT, Mich. — Hecklers shouting “Fire Pantaleo” interrupted both Mayor Bill de Blasio and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate.

One protester could be heard chiming in during de Blasio’s opening statement, calling on Hizzoner to boot NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop accused of putting fat nigger Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold five years ago.

Then, during Booker’s statement, a loud chorus erupted in the same cries. Booker was forced to stop until the agitators were silenced.

A Booker staffer tweeted: “To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago — good for you. That’s how change is made. #DemDebate”

About seven to 10 “well dressed” people who “blended in” were removed from Detroit’s historic Fox Theater, a source said.

“[De Blasio] has failed to provide justice for the family of Eric Garner and the city of New York,” one of the protesters, Rev. Kirsten John Foy, told The Post after getting booted.

The mayor can’t “export [his] version of police accountability and police community relations out of New York City, across America, without us following [him] around and clearing the record,” said Foy, who was one of the initial members of de Blasio’s Clergy Advisory Council.

Addressing de Blasio directly, Foy said: “You have enabled Daniel Pantelo and you have nullified black life by allowing him to remain on the taxpayers role and we are going to make sure that you are held accountable.”

The mayor has refused to say whether Pantaleo should be fired over Garner’s death. The Justice Department earlier this month that it was declining to bring federal charges against Pantaleo.

But earlier Wednesday, a surrogate for his long-shot presidential campaign told The Post the mayor would have fired Pantaleo “immediately” if he could have.

“But unfortunately, these are things he cannot do, legally,” said Bronx Assemblyspic Luis Sepulveda.
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Chirlane McCray: America will like Bill de Blasio once they ‘get to know him’

By Rich Calder
August 2, 2019 | 3:32pm

It took Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sheboon wife weeks to warm up to her future husband during his “persistent” courtship in the early 1990s, and first lady Chirlane "Coconut Head" McCray believes it’s only a matter of time before America warms up to him, too.

McCray, during a taped appearance with de Blasio on ABC’s “The View” that aired Friday, said she’s not shocked at Hizzoner’s low approval rating as he continues his long-shot bid to become president, but she believes things will improve.

“I don’t think that people are getting anything wrong with him,” said McCray. “I just think they haven’t gotten a chance to get to know him. He just jumped into this [presidential] race weeks ago and, you know, it took a little while [for him] to win me over.”

When asked if it was “love at first sight,” McCray — who identified as a lesbian before hooking up with her future husband — conceded that the physical sparks on her end were “not instantaneous.” De Blasio agreed with his wife, laughingly blurting out, “Noooo!”

De Blasio, 58, and McCray, 64, met in 1991 while both were working for the Dinkins administration, and were married nearly three years later. They’ve remained married for 25 years and have a son, Dante, and a daughter, Chiara.

“I just want to say it was love at first sight for me,” a smiling de Blasio said. “I heard angels singing, violins playing, all that. And I will always say Chirlane felt absolutely nothing.”


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“It felt like weeks and weeks and weeks of just trying to get her to pay attention at all.”

McCray recalled how de Blasio finally won her heart by repeatedly “hanging out” by her during work and “making jokes to get [her] attention.”

“Persistence!” de Blasio said. “Twenty-seven years later. Here we are.”

During the appearance, there was no mention that de Blasio made Delta passengers wait in their seats on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport for 10 minutes Thursday after flying back from his less-than-stellar performance in the Detroit debate — so that he and his security detail could deplane first and rush off to tape the appearance on “The View.”
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De Blasio campaign finance move violated federal rules, watchdog claims
By Nolan Hicks
August 1, 2019 | 6:33pm

A conservative watchdog group in Washington filed an ethics complaint with federal regulators alleging that Mayor Bill de Blasio violated the law by leaning on his state political account to pick up the tab for the early days of his presidential campaign.

“This complaint is based upon information and belief, supported by media reports and public filings, that de Blasio and de Blasio 2020 has accepted excessive contributions from de Blasio’s state PAC and used funds not subject to federal law for his presidential campaign,” the group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust wrote in its complaint to the Federal Elections Commission.

The group pointed to reporting from The Post and other news organizations on de Blasio’s campaign finance maneuvers as evidence for the complaint, which was submitted Thursday.

“We’re confident we followed the rules,” said de Blasio campaign spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.

Struggling for cash, Hizzoner made the unorthodox move of leaning on his state political action committee to pay for plane tickets, advertising and rent during the early days of his presidential campaign — totaling nearly $53,000, The Post revealed.

News nonprofit The City also exposed de Blaiso billed $68,000 in polling for his campaign to the state PAC, NY Fairness, forcing his presidential campaign to amend its filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

All told, NY Fairness spent $335,780 over the first six months of the year.

Typically, the purchases made by NY Fairness for de Blasio’s campaign would be treated as contributions, which are strictly capped by the FEC at just $2,800 per primary.

But, de Blasio’s campaign tallied them as a debt it owes to the state PAC he controls to get around the limit.

The maneuver raised the hackles of government watchdog groups across the political spectrum in New York and in D.C., who said the bookkeeping play amounted to an end-run around contributions caps.

“It appears de Blasio’s state PAC spending is in excess of federal limits,” said Tyler Cole, a top lawyer at campaign finance reform group Issue One told The Post in July. “Federal candidates must run their campaigns out of federally regulated committees — the law is only meaningful if they abide by the federal limits.”

He added: “You can’t allow candidates to use state committees to do an end-run around the law.”

Campaign finance experts also raised eyebrows at de Blasio’s use of the state PAC — as revealed by Politico New York — to pick up the tab as he traveled to New Hampshire and tested the waters before launching his quixotic bid.

It’s just the latest in a string of campaign finance scandals to hit de Blasio.

He narrowly avoided indictment in 2017 on bribery allegations stemming from his fundraising for a non-profit controlled by his allies, the Campaign for One New York. A Department of Investigation probe later determined his CONY solicitations violated city ethics rules.

“The Mayor clearly took the wrong lesson from the earlier investigations into his campaign finance activities,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of good government group Common Cause – New York. “It was not an invitation to continue to skirt the spirit and intent of New York City campaign finance laws by expanding into violating federal laws.”
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Bill de Blasio makes fliers wait on tarmac so he can rush to ‘The View’
By Julia Marsh
August 1, 2019 | 3:04pm | Updated


Howard Redmond, head of the mayor's detail, and Jaclyn Rothenberg (woman waving), campaign press secretary, seen holding up the plane
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Mayor Bill de Blasio made Delta passengers wait in their seats on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport for 10 minutes Thursday after flying back from his less-than-stellar performance in the Detroit debate — so that he and his security detail could deplane first.

But it wasn’t a pressing matter related to City Hall or the potential firing of fat nigger Eric Garner chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo that necessitated the inconvenience to his fellow passengers — de Blasio had to rush off to tape an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

And passengers on Flight 788 were not pleased.

“This is just a continuation of the rudeness and the bluntness of his performance last night,” said one fed-up New Yorker who declined to give her name.

“It’s par for the course, par for the course,” her companion fumed.

The flight carrying the mayor touched down at noon, but before anyone else could get off, a steward came on the intercom and asked everyone to stay seated because some passengers in the back of the plane — where de Blasio’s staff and security detail were seated — needed to get off right away.

A Post reporter, who was on the flight, asked the mayor’s campaign spokeswoman if Hizzoner would have a minute to answer a question about 900 classrooms testing positive for lead. She said no.

When the mayor’s entourage had finally exited the plane, the steward came back on the intercom and said everyone could now get up from their seats.

“Thank you!” many annoyed passengers snapped sarcastically in response.

A third passenger shook his head at the hold-up. “I don’t think it’s the best thing because we all have places to go,” said Ronald Watson.

The perennially rushed mayor — throughout his tenure he’s missed hiring deadlines and deadlines for contract payments and been late to numerous emergencies and public events — was heading off to tape “The View” in Midtown, a spokeswoman said in declining The Post’s interview request.

Adding insult to injury, de Blasio had been one of the last passengers to board the plane — five minutes late — when it departed Detroit on Thursday morning.

De Blasio campaign spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg said, “The mayor was at the departure gate on time and didn’t make the plane late, he just prefers to board last.”
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Bill de Blasio is the least popular politician in New York: poll

By Carl Campanile
August 6, 2019 | 11:17am | Updated

Presidential wannabe Mayor Bill de Blasio has the dubious distinction of being the single most unpopular political figure in the entirety of New York State, a stunning new survey reveals.

The statewide Siena College poll shows a paltry 26 percent of voters have a favorable view of de Blasio, compared to a staggering 57 percent who don’t. Another 17 percent are undecided.

That’s a negative rating of 31 points in a deeply blue state.

By comparison, 35 percent of voters have a favorable view of Trump while 62 percent have an unfavorable view with the remaining three percent of respondents undecided.

President Trump has a negative rating of 27 percent, four points better than de Blasio.

Three in four Republicans like Trump, but most everyone else doesn’t.

“Trump continues to be viewed overwhelmingly negatively by his fellow New Yorkers – with the exception of Republicans, nearly three-quarters of whom continue to view him favorably and give him a positive job performance rating,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.

“Perhaps Trump can take some solace in the fact that as unpopular as he is in his home state, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is even more unpopular,” added Greenberg.

De Blasio’s problem is that he’s even unpopular among Democrats. Only 38 percent of Democrats view him favorably and 49 percent unfavorably.

Even on his home turf in the Big Apple, 56 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of de Blasio while only 37 percent like him. His only positive rating was among black voters , with 50 percent giving him a thumbs up and 38 percent thumbs down.

Another Democratic candidate running for president from New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, was viewed favorably by 41 percent of voters and unfavorably by 36 percent with the rest undecided.

The Siena poll surveyed 810 registered voters from July 28 to August 1 and has 4.1 percent margin of error.
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