Mayor de Blasio’s squirming within the face of the Jona Rechnitz testimony is a marvel to behold.
De Blasio insists that Rechnitz has “lied concerning the integrity of my administration, he lied about exchanges with me.” Then why gained’t the mayor debunk any particular “lies”?
Take Rechnitz’s declare that de Blasio personally phoned him to request a $102,000 donation: Hizzoner doesn’t deny making the decision, and says solely, “I don’t recall if I talked to him immediately about that.”
Answering previous questions on Rechnitz and his pal Jeremy Reichberg, the mayor has claimed he “by no means knew them nicely.” Hmm: Properly sufficient to provide Rechnitz his private e-mail and cell quantity.
And data launched again in August (because of Freedom of Info requests) present the donor had common, prime-degree entry to Metropolis Corridor.
Virtually everybody in native politics has a narrative about how exhausting it may be to get any reply in any respect — a sure, a no, even a perhaps — out of this administration. We’ve heard it from excessive state officers in addition to heads of metropolis-worker unions.
But Rechnitz and Reichberg obtained replies inside days, typically inside minutes.
And whenever you’re making an attempt to be a participant, as Rechnitz was, with the ability to present that the mayor picks up your calls is priceless.
Sure, Rechnitz is a confessed felon and a sleaze. However a lot of his testimony about de Blasio is confirmed by the general public document. And it’s clear that he obtained some constructive outcomes out of Metropolis Corridor, corresponding to a $650,000 water invoice lowered by greater than $500,000.
Notably, Westchester County Government Rob Astorino was capable of present proof inside hours on Friday to contradict Rechnitz’s declare to have purchased him an $eight,000 gold watch: He produced a used metal watch and a receipt for the $2,000 he’d paid on the day in query.
De Blasio, against this, spent a yr promising to supply a “lengthy listing” of donors who by no means obtained favors from Metropolis Corridor — solely to supply a brief listing of some favors that some donors didn’t get.
As he lashes out at reporters for questioning his reminiscence and his details, the mayor insists the general public doesn’t a lot care about corruption, that “there are rather more essential points than what these [press] guys are elevating.”
That’s not the protection of an trustworthy man.