- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did not pay the nearly $320,000 in public money used for the security detail he traveled with him during his aborted presidential campaign, investigators said.
- The results of the investigation came as de Blasio was reportedly planning a run for governor.
- The investigation also examined the use of safety resources by de Blasio’s children and staff members.
- Investigators concluded that the officer in charge of the mayor’s security unit “actively interrupted and sought to thwart his investigation”.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has not paid the nearly $320,000 in public money used to fund the security detail he traveled with him during his aborted presidential campaign. new report said Thursday.
City investigators probing de Blasio’s use of security details also concluded that the officer in charge of the mayor’s security unit “actively sought to disrupt and thwart” his investigation.
47-page report from the New York City Department of Investigation It comes more than two years after investigators began investigating allegations that de Blasio’s security details were misused for personal or political gain. The investigation looked at the use of security resources by de Blasio’s children and staff members, as well as whether the city stuck with the bill for de Blasio’s use of security details during his presidential bid.
The report came as de Blasio, who will step down as mayor when his last term ends this year Allegedly Planning a run for governor.
“There was a culture that treated the mayor’s office in detail as if they were employees,” Commissioner of the Investigation Department Margaret Garnett told reporters on Thursday morning.
The details, known as the Executive Security Unit, or EPU, include officers from the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau.
The report concluded that the EPU was abused when its members helped the mayor’s daughter, Chiara de Blasio, lift a futon in and out of an NYPD Sprinter van on her way to Gracie Mansion from her apartment.
The investigation was “unable to determine whether NYPD resources under the direct direction of Mayor de Blasio assisted in the move,” but it noted that the use of officers’ help in moving the furniture was nonetheless using “NYPD resources for personal gain.” was misused, whether it was requested or merely accepted.”
On several instances, the description carried de Blasio’s son, Dante de Blasio, to and from Yale University in Connecticut, and it was “common practice” for security members to drive him around New York City without the mayor or first lady present. . to report.
The report states that both of de Blasio’s children declined to provide security details as adults, and that there is no record that shows Dante de Blasio must have been protected in security detail. The report concluded, “In practice, Dante’s use of NYPD resources was determined by his personal preferences and personnel availability, not by any risk assessment.”
The investigation also concluded that the NYPD paid approximately $319,794 for security details to travel with de Blasio outside New York City for his presidency in 2019, which began in May of that year and lasted nearly four months. Turned after
“To date, the city has not been reimbursed for these expenses,” the report said.
Garnett said that in order to determine that figure, investigators had to cross-reference records from campaign and NYPD records from the same time period as “piecemeal types.”
In a furious response, City Hall accused the Sentinel of being insufficient to evaluate de Blasio’s use of security details.
“Intelligence and security experts should decide how to keep the mayor and his family safe, not civilian investigators. This non-professional report does the NYPD’s work for them, but not with any relevant expertise — and Even without interviewing the intelligence chief. For the city,” the statement said.
“As a result, we are left with a false report, based on illegitimate assumptions and a nave view of the complex security challenges facing elected officials today,” City Hall said.
The mayor’s attorney sent a letter to the city’s conflict of interest board asking questions about who would reimburse campaign-related expenses.
In interviews with investigators, de Blasio and First Lady Chiraline MacRae “repeatedly stated that they had received no guidance regarding the appropriate or improper use of their security details at any time during the mayor’s administration,” the report said. has gone.
Instead, they both said they used “common sense” when it came to using security details, and the mayor said he brought any questions about the EPU to the police “because ‘they had to determine what their people were’. How will it work,” the report said.
When investigators asked the NYPD for guidance provided to the mayor regarding the use of security resources, the NYPD said it had no documents or general written policies to hand over, according to the report.
In the interview de Blasio did not comment on campaign expenditures or their “reimbursement obligations”, but said that “there seem to be many different inputs, somewhat in conflict, that I don’t think anyone can fully resolve.” was able to, and I mean I can’t say who solved it because I don’t think anyone did,” the report reveals.
“This investigation is a testament to DoI’s commitment and perseverance to get the facts, no matter what the hurdles, as well as the problems that arise when there are no structured, written policies in place for actions, Which are as important as the handling of the mayor’s security details.” Garnett said in a statement.
“Protecting the mayor and his family is a serious and important task that must be guided by best practices, formal procedures and an understanding that security details are not personal assistants to a dignitary’s daily life, but provide the necessary protection, ” He said.
“Furthermore, this investigation confirmed that New York City spent more than $300,000 on travel costs alone for the mayor’s security statement during his presidency. Under current COIB guidance, these expenses may be paid by the mayor personally or by Must be repaid through his campaign.”