NY Daily News
Mayor de Blasio ordered his NYPD security detail to repeatedly take his son back and forth from Yale University during his first years at school, the Daily News has learned.
Executive Protection Unit detectives drove Dante de Blasio to or from New Haven, Conn., at least seven or eight times, the sources with direct knowledge said. Members of the detail also took Dante to visit his uncle, who lives nearby, sources said. Dante faced no security risks at the time, the sources said.
“If the commanding officer of the 75 (precinct) said, ‘move my kid to college,’ do you really think that wouldn’t kill his career? But because it’s the mayor, everyone just does it,” a former member of the detail said.
The revelation comes four months after The News exclusively reported that members of the unit moved de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, out of an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Sources said Dante — who the mayor hired as a paid policy analyst for his failed presidential campaign — only made the 75-mile trip to Yale with cops during his first year at the Ivy League university.
At some point during his sophomore year, Dante decided he preferred traveling on his own by train, sources said. Members of the detail often picked him up from Penn Station when he returned to town.
Another former member of the unit described the trips as “a courtesy” that were not questioned.
“There was no justification,” the former member said. “If you were told to bring him home from Yale, that’s what we did.”