Mayor de Blasio claimed Friday that his memory is fuzzy when it comes to the call he got from shady donor Jona Rechnitz urging him to appoint a retired NYPD official as head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Asked whether he took the phone call from the Brooklyn developer at the center of the NYPD’s corruption scandal, Hizzoner praised OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito and insisted he couldn’t remember the conversation.
Earlier Friday, he went on a rant about a Post report that said he had given Esposito the $220,000-a-year job after Rechnitz’s call.
“How about we ask the question the right way? How did Joe Esposito become commissioner?” he told WNYC host Brian Lehrer.
“Not because some guy who I have no respect for his opinion offered his opinion. I don’t even remember him doing that. Because [Esposito] was a highly qualified person, and he’s done a fantastic job. Why is this mysterious?”
He called the report “ludicrous.”
The Post revealed Wednesday that Rechnitz, a cooperating witness in the NYPD scandal, made a call on his cellphone from the office of then-Chief of Department Philip Banks to de Blasio asking that Banks’ predecessor, Esposito, get the gig to run OEM.
Rechnitz later bragged to his associates that “I’ve got the mayor on lockdown,” sources said.
He donated $50,000 to de Blasio’s now-shuttered Campaign for One New York charity and gave him $9,900 for his 2013 mayoral bid.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Bill's fuzzy memory on pay to play
Posted by Queens Crapper at 6:39 AM
Labels: Bill DeBlasio, campaign for one new york, donations, joe esposito, Jona Rechnitz, quid pro quo, tweeding
We need a photo of a grinning Mike Bloomberg, with a word balloon saying, "Miss me yet?"
DeBozo was never an advocate for the homeless even when he was Public Advocate.
You don't have to le gross. Mayor Slope Dope is just continuing Mayor Fun Size's odious inhumane policies.
That name of yours is funny...weren't you in Crouching Tiger or in Too Wong Fu, thanks for everything, Julie Newmar?
Preet is surely building his case. Just be patient, everyone.
Two causes of Du Blaz's fuzzy memory.
He's a liar or too many milligrams of Paxil.
Can not wait. This mayor talked about transparency. All I smell is corruption.
Fuzzy memory? Lay off the pot.
And what's his wife been up to lately? Surely she knows something about all of this, perhaps she is even involved in it.
Crooks and Commies aren't very big on transparency.
His memory makes Hillary's look awesome.
What more evidence do you need to prove we are a post-racial society?
In his immediate family it will be the white guy going to jail!
Preet is on the case!
Wow! This 'Dope from Park Slope' gives MENDACITY a bad name, as he continues to lie, cheat and steal--easier than he breathes! Impeachment, people--IMPEACHMENT!
Why has he not been arrested or charged? Forget about white privilege
Get used to political privilege for rich,educated elite class.
Are you not insulted when they say non college graduate?
I was born very poor and quit school in 11 grade and today I own 3 homes,2 rented out and paid off,1 with a mortgage,my kids did go to college and have zero debt,I'd say I did ok,with no government help.
Why was I successful? Because so called educated people told me I'd amount to nothing.
Nothing to see here,just keep moving along...
That's OK, Preet will refresh his memory pronto.
Look, all of these venal Politicians have catered to these Oligarchs and their communities. All of them!
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