Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Mayor de Blasio prefers that his appointed officials testilie instead of testify

NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio is opposing a bill requiring officials correct the record if they give inaccurate statements in sworn testimony — and is allegedly threatening to prevent his commissioners from testifying before lawmakers if the bill passes.

The administration’s reluctance to support the legislation comes just a week after The Post revealed that de Blasio officials mislead the City Council about the ouster of a whistleblower.

Mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein called the bill Tuesday “unnecessarily duplicative.”
“It’s our policy to correct the record with the City Council if someone misspeaks at a hearing,” Goldstein said.

Councilman Ritchie Torres blasted the administration’s response as “Trumpian.”

“There’s no rational justification for obstructing legislation that would require public officials to tell the truth unless you have something to hide,” he said.

The bill, which Torres introduced in 2018 and had a hearing last March, would amend the City Charter by requiring agency heads who give a “materially inaccurate statement” in sworn testimony or an official report to correct the record.

“There is a clear obligation not to make knowingly false statements,” Torres told The Post. “But there’s no obligation to subsequently correct false statements that might have been made unknowingly. The bill is to close that gaping loophole.”

He claims members of the city Law Department essentially put the proposal on ice by threatening, “If you pass the bill then we will no longer allow commissioners to testify before the City Council.”

Torres called “threatening obstruction of City Council oversight a Trumpian assault on the separation of powers.”



Anonymous said...

Typical libtard maneuver; blame their own lies and misdeeds on someone else. In this case, President Trump, who had NOTHING to do with their "omissions" and outright lies. So how does Torres the Loser dare to say "a Trumpian assault on the separation of powers"? Clearly this airhead has no clear grasp of the Constitution.

JQ LLC said...

Anon re: Trumpian

I agree, because de Blasio stands atop a towering pile of his corruption that he's accomplished and lies and bullshit spewed out of his faceanus in his 6 years as mayor that in the future we'll be describing future electeds own criminal deeds as de Blasian like.

Anonymous said...

Sure they can say whatever they want under oath and change the story later to suit themselves. Me,I'd be up for perjury.

Anonymous said...

This guy is living in his own reality and there is nothing we can do about it until we exercise our rights - and no one sees that happening any time soon.