Posted inPolitics

De Blasio and Hochul Bill Taxpayers for Puerto Rico ‘Somos’ Conference Jaunt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Top New York state and city officials converged at this week’s Somos conference for the same blend of politicking and policy discussions on Latino priorities — but they differ on how they paid for their trips. Most used campaign or personal funds — with the notable exceptions of Mayor Bill […]

Posted inBill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio’s $1 Million Bill: He Owes Lawyers, Lobbyists and Taxpayers

Additional reporting by Josefa Velasquez As he hints at running for governor, lame duck mayor Bill de Blasio has racked up nearly $1 million in debts to lawyers, campaign consultants and taxpayers that records indicate he currently can’t pay. The mayor owes one of the city’s biggest lobbyist law firms upwards of $435,000. On Thursday, […]

Posted inPeople

FEC Raises New Questions Over De Blasio Campaign Spending

Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen Mayor Bill de Blasio used a political action committee to pay for presidential polling ahead of his short-lived White House run — potentially running afoul of contribution limits, according to the Federal Election Commission. In a letter to the mayor’s Fairness PAC dated Sunday, a federal election official noted the […]

Posted inRunning Bill

City OKed Hotel Plan After Developer Hosted de Blasio Fundraiser

Shortly after hosting a fundraiser for one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political action committees in March, a developer got the city’s go-ahead to begin work on a new 20-story hotel, records show. In October 2017, Flushing-based Epos Development filed plans with the Department of Buildings to construct a hotel at 347 Lexington Ave., sandwiched […]

Posted inRunning Bill

Complaint Hits de Blasio on Campaign Finance ‘Shell Game’

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign broke federal campaign finance rules by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in donations and expenses to the Federal Election Commission, a complaint filed Wednesday charges. De Blasio’s presidential campaign and his two political action committees essentially accepted contributions beyond the $2,800 federal individual limit — and […]

Posted inRunning Bill

Hotel Owners Seeking City Hall Help Threw a $90K de Blasio Fundraiser

Mayor Bill de Blasio netted $90,000 from a fundraiser thrown by the owners of the Chelsea Hotel days after they sought his administration’s help on their plan to renovate the building, THE CITY has learned. Hotel owners Ira Drukier and Richard Born collected contributions to de Blasio’s federal political action committee Fairness PAC, generated by […]

Posted inRunning Bill

Bill de Blasio’s PACs for Dems Helped His Run, Records Show

The state and federal political action committees Mayor Bill de Blasio launched last year to help elect progressives across New York and the country have also aided his favorite Democrat: Him. New filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission late Wednesday night show de Blasio’s federal Fairness PAC and NY Fairness PAC have allocated just […]