The city should nullify former Mayor de Blasio’s $113,131 annual pension if he continues to refuse to pay taxpayers the nearly $320,000 he owes for misusing his security details in office, critics said to The Post.
“He absolutely needs to be held accountable for every dollar he smuggled away from the people of New York,” said Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Queens). “Bill de Blasio is not above the law and his pension should be hung until the city repays it.”
Although de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, have racked up $2.5 million in debt, since January they have been living at the New York Marriott on the Brooklyn Bridge, which charges about $600 to $5,000 a night for suites, the report reported the post last week exclusively.
The 667-room hotel is owned by Muss Development, a Queens-based real estate giant whose owners have long supported de Blasio and did many deals with the city during his tenure as mayor.
De Blasio’s security detail has remained on standby for them at the four-star hotel while he and McCray’s Park Slope home undergo renovations. The team of six NYPD detectives and one sergeant typically rotates as security guards and a chauffeur, working in twos at a time.
Past mayors have retained security details at taxpayer expense for part or all of their first year in office. But critics are wondering if de Blasio should get the same privilege after a damning Department of Investigation report released last October.
Probers found that de Blasio owes taxpayers $319,794 for improperly using “NYPD resources for political purposes” by having his security detail guard him out of state during his failed presidential bid — including to keep his beloved Red Sox play in California. DOI also berated de Blasio for abusing the advantage by letting cops run errands, including helping his daughter move and chauffeuring his son.
The ex-mayor has appealed the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board’s decision to repay the city for alleged misuse of police details.
“According to the findings of the COIB, if he refuses to pay back the taxpayer money he owes, it is perfectly reasonable to take it out of his pension,” said Councilor Robert Holden (D-Queens).
“It would happen to anyone else. He should have to pay it back with interest. Bill de Blasio has always acted like the rules don’t apply to him and it certainly hasn’t helped his reputation. He still does it outside of the office.”
Guardian Angels founder and former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said docking de Blasio’s pension wasn’t enough.
“Not only me [dock his pension] If he resists – although it would probably be fought in civil court – I would have the city confiscate one of his two [Brooklyn] Land and put it up for sale,” Sliwa barked. “Here’s How to Pay Off That Debt!”
De Blasio’s annual six-figure retirement comes after two decades in elected office, first as a Brooklyn city councilman, then as a public attorney and for the last eight years as mayor, according to the New York City Employees’ Retirement System.
A Post reporter was abruptly ordered to leave the Brooklyn Marriott by hotel staff on Thursday shortly after being spotted by de Blasio’s detail. A de Blasio spokesman did not respond to messages.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/07/critics-want-de-blasios-pension-docked-until-he-pays-for-misusing-nypd-detail/ Critics want de Blasio’s pension docked until he pays for abuse of NYPD details