Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed Mayor de Blasio for a second time period on Monday, saying he’s accomplished an “excellent job” regardless of allegations he was operating a pay-to-play administration.
“I decide how nicely a mayor does by two standards above all: is crime taking place and are jobs going up? And in each instances you’ll be able to say a powerful sure for the 4 years Invoice de Blasio has been mayor,” Schumer stated on the Michael Jordan Steakhouse balcony at Grand Central Terminal.
Requested whether or not the of mayoral donor Jona Rechnitz that his six-determine contributions to de Blasio opened doorways at Metropolis Corridor, Schumer claimed the mayor had addressed that difficulty.
“The mayor’s finished an impressive job. He’s answered query on these points,” stated Schumer. “To me, crime, jobs are the highest two standards. I’m proud to endorse him.”
Requested a number of extra occasions concerning the corruption allegations, Schumer stated, “I answered the query.”
The mayor was requested a number of occasions about his current repetition of the phrase “felon” to denigrate Rechnitz, the Manhattan US Lawyer’s star witness within the bribery case towards former correction union chief Norman Seabrook.
De Blasio’s administration has made legal justice reform – together with passing a regulation in 2015 banning personal-sector employers from asking about an candidates legal historical past till late within the hiring course of – a central coverage concern.
“It’s a pejorative when somebody tells lies – he’s telling lies about me. That’s all there’s to say,” the mayor stated.
Reminded once more of his legal justice reform initiatives, the mayor stated, “This hypothetical is senseless to me. I’m speaking about this particular occasion.”
He added, “I’ve stated repeatedly he’s telling lies about what occurred. He’s a felon, he’s not reliable, interval.”
Rechnitz has testified to having an in depth relationship with the mayor and his prime fundraiser, and of getting higher responsiveness from the administration the extra he donated.
He gave almost $200,000 to various de Blasio’s pet political initiatives in 2013 and 2014.