Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Bill gets an unfriendly welcome in Albany
From CBS 2:
Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Albany Monday, where lawmakers turned his annual budget hearing into a fiery showdown.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the mayor defended himself against questions surrounding his performance.
De Blasio was on a charm offensive on steroid as he shook hands and exchanged hugs and kisses at the start of his annual attempt to get funding from Albany. But it did not take long before he found himself on the ropes – with two grand jury investigations front and center.
“What should be of grave concern to every single person in this room is the two sitting grand juries; is the $11 million you’re asking the taxpayers to pay for representation for you and your administration’s legal fees,” said state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Shrub Oak).
Murphy was questioning why de Blasio deserves a three-year extension of mayoral control of the schools.