Mayor de Blasio claimed Sunday that he can’t keep in mind calling donor-turned-felon Jona Rechnitz to beg him for a $one hundred,000 donation — contradicting sworn testimony the deep-pocketed pal gave in courtroom final week.
“I don’t recall if I talked to him immediately about that,” de Blasio stated throughout an unrelated press occasion Sunday.
Requested how he might overlook making a private attraction for such a big sum of cash, de Blasio stated he has has his palms out so typically that he can’t keep in mind every time he asks for money.
“I for years was elevating cash for various causes — the mayor’s fund, once we have been making an attempt to get the DNC to return to New York Metropolis — the conference, the trouble to win again the state senate, all types of various issues,” he stated. “I don’t keep in mind when i requested somebody particularly, what I requested them — simply method an excessive amount of has occurred.”
Rechnitz is a witness within the bribery trial of former New York Metropolis Correction Officers’ Benevolent Affiliation President Norman Seabrook, who Rechnitz allegedly satisfied to take a position $20 million in union pension cash in an affiliate’s failing hedge fund.
Hizzoner’s denial comes after Rechnitz testified that de Blasio pursued him relentlessly for money to assist flip upstate Senate seats for Democrats in 2013.
De Blasio underlings first hit him up for money, however Rechnitz balked at doling out the dough as a result of he felt the town wasn’t responding quick sufficient to his requests for private favors — that’s, till de Blasio referred to as him personally, he stated.
“As soon as the mayor referred to as me, I felt it was a private favor to him,” Rechnitz stated Friday of the donation.
The mayor’s “I do know nothing” feedback additionally come the day after he copped to not remembering an e-mail from Rechnitz about de Blasio’s troubles with Seabrook.
Seabrook was feuding with de Blasio’s jail commish, Jospeh Ponte, on the time, and Rechnitz has stated he provided to dealer peace between the lads to assist his buddy the mayor.
Rechnitz stated he intervened after which wrote an e-mail to Hizzoner that stated, “Norman beneath management.’’
De Blasio stated Saturday that he had no recollection of the e-mail.
The e-mail was additionally overlooked of the trove that Metropolis Corridor launched earlier this yr between the mayor and Rechnitz.