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Critics want de Blasio’s pension anchored until he pays for misusing NYPD details


City should cancel former mayor de Blasio’s $113,131-a-year pension if he continues to refuse to pay taxpayers the nearly $320,000 he owes for abusing his security services while in office , critics told the Post.

“He absolutely needs to be held accountable for every dollar he embezzled from the people of New York City,” Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Queens) said. “Bill de Blasio is not above the law, and his pension should be garnished until the city is reimbursed.”

Despite racking up $2.5 million in debt, de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray have been living since January at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which charges around $600 to $5,000 a night for suites, said reported the Post exclusively last week.

The 667-room hotel is owned by Muss Development, a Queens-based real estate giant whose owners are longtime supporters of de Blasio and who did a lot of business with the city while he was mayor.

De Blasio’s security remained on call for them at the four-star hotel while he and McCray’s Park Slope home undergo renovations. The team of six NYPD detectives and a sergeant usually rotates as security guards and drivers, working two at a time.

Former mayors also retained security details for part or all of the first year of absence at taxpayer expense. But critics question whether de Blasio should be granted the same privilege following a scathing report by the Investigations Department published last October.

De Blasio and his wife are still accompanied by a security guard even after the departure of the former mayor.
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Investigators have determined de Blasio owed taxpayers $319,794 for wrongfully using “NYPD resources for political purposes” by having his security guards keep him out of state during his failed run for president. presidency – including to see his beloved Red Sox play in California. DOI also chastised de Blasio for abusing the perk by asking cops to run errands, including helping his daughter move house and driving his son.

The former mayor has appealed the decision of a city conflict of interest committee that he should reimburse the city for the alleged misuse of police details.

“According to the findings of the COIB, it is perfectly reasonable to withdraw the taxpayer money he owes from his pension if he refuses to pay it back,” Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) said.

“That’s what would happen to anyone else. He should repay it with interest. Bill de Blasio always acted like the rules didn’t apply to him, and that certainly didn’t help his reputation. Even out of the office, he still does.

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De Blasio’s security has remained on call as he and McCray’s Park Slope home undergo renovations.
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Guardian Angels founder and former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said mooring de Blasio’s pension was not enough.

“Not only would I be [dock his pension] if he resists – even though it would probably end up in civil court – I would ask the city to seize one of his two [Brooklyn] properties and put it up for sale,” barked Sliwa. “That’s how you pay off that debt!”

De Blasio’s six-figure annual pension comes after two decades of elected office, first as a Brooklyn alderman, then as a public defender and the last eight years as mayor, according to the pension system of the New York employees.

A Post reporter was abruptly asked to leave the Brooklyn Marriott by hotel staff on Thursday, shortly after being spotted by de Blasio’s detail. A de Blasio spokesperson did not return a message.

New York Post

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