Mayor de Blasio, who has championed efforts to take away the stigma round individuals convicted of felonies, stated Monday being a felon is a pejorative in donor Jona Rechnitz’s case — as a result of this time, the felon is mendacity about him.
“It is a pejorative when somebody tells lies and he is telling lies about me,” de Blasio stated when questioned about his repeated dismissal of Rechnitz’s testimony based mostly on his felony conviction. “That is all there’s to say about it.”
However the mayor had a extra open thoughts when he signed The Truthful Probability Act, also called “ban the field” laws — which prohibits employers from discriminating towards a job applicant due to a conviction, together with felonies. He referred to as it a “milestone for equal alternative” within the metropolis and stated convictions unfairly held individuals again.
“Far too typically, for too many New Yorkers, that obliterated an opportunity for any job — denying the very alternative that many individuals wanted to be again on a pathway to success,” de Blasio stated.
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In relation to Rechnitz, nevertheless, the legal-justice-reform minded mayor has zero tolerance for a felony conviction — one which’s making appreciable hassle for him lower than two weeks from the election.
“I am not coping with a hypothetical,” he stated. “I am coping with this particular case. He is a liar and a felon.”
As a part of the trial towards former corrections union boss Norman Seabrook, Rechnitz has testified that along with showering regulation enforcement officers with presents and money, he unfold his like to the mayor — elevating $193,000 for him, together with a $one hundred,000 lump sum for de Blasio’s failed bid to remake the State Senate that Hizzoner says he has no recollection of soliciting.
Additionally forgotten is what he did with an e mail from Rechnitz titled “Norman is underneath management,” in reference to Seabrook’s vocal criticism of de Blasio’s chosen jails boss. The e-mail got here up at trial, however mysteriously was not included in data turned over because of a Freedom of Info Regulation request for his communications with the disgraced donor.
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