Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is widely criticized, has recently been mandated to pay a significant fine of $475,000 for improperly deploying the NYPD during his unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2020.
It appears that de Blasio was utilizing city funds, essentially diverting taxpayer money for his personal agenda. This revelation is not surprising.
Under usual circumstances, one might question whether this issue would have come to light. It is evident that the city is currently facing financial challenges due to a combination of decreased tax revenue from residents who have left and the expenses associated with accommodating a large number of undocumented border crossers, costing them millions.
According to Politico:
De Blasio hit with historic fine over use of NYPD for presidential run.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio was hit with a historic fine Thursday by New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board for using an NYPD security detail for his ill-fated presidential run in 2019.
After finding that the mayor used taxpayer dollars for political purposes, the board ordered de Blasio to pay $474,794 — a whopping sum that includes compensating the city for police officers’ travel expenses and a $155,000 fine, the largest ever issued by COIB.
“Although there is a City purpose in the City paying for an NYPD security detail for the City’s Mayor, including the security detail’s salary and overtime, there is no City purpose in paying for the extra expenses incurred by that NYPD security detail to travel at a distance from the City to accompany the Mayor or his family on trips for his campaign for President of the United States,” board members wrote in a densely-worded Thursday order. “The Board advised Respondent to this effect prior to his campaign; Respondent disregarded the Board’s advice.”
In response, de Blasio filed a lawsuit. In a statement, his attorney said the board’s ruling was illegal and could open elected officials up to all manner of violence in an era where partisanship has reached a fever pitch.
The situation couldn’t have befallen a more deserving individual.
Notorious Grifting Marxist Bill de Blasio Hit With Record Fine For Abusing NYC Resources https://t.co/BWt9CJzWv3— zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 16, 2023
Is there a possibility that he will evade payment or find a way to avoid the consequences?
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